2011-07-16 06:14 am

Heading to Vancouver! Camping trip!

Rawr.

Am at the airport right now, waiting to board my flight. Should be in Vancouver, BC by noon-ish, connecting thru Calgary.

Whee. Vacation!

*Tailswishes*

Oh, and if anyone is around Vancouver and wants to say hi... Might also make a short trip down to Seattle too.
2011-04-05 11:59 pm

Rawr and stuff. Once again.

Hm, once again I'm thinking too much to be able to get any sleep, so i'll give this a try once again.

Hehe, it's funny, it's been way too long since i've done something like this, and i'm noticing how much better i go at typing now. I can even keep track of when i made a typo, finish my sentence, go back to it and fix it without even needing to open my eyes even once. But that's kinda off topic, even if there's no real topic just yet.

Either way.

Hm, out of randomly being there in bed listening to music, i've noticed one thing... Well, not noticed, but noticed. or something. That's how it made sense to me. It's mostly the lack of so many sounds in music. Not as in, compression removing them or such, but more of a... not being used. I mean, i might just not be listening to the righ stuff, but it's always the same instruments, the same or close enough sounds. Nothing breaking off enough. And nothing just... I don't know, raw. Sounds of things that are not meant to be instruments, without it being the whole "look we do music without instruments " thing. I don't know if i'm making sense, but... Yeah.

I mean, you have drums, why not sometime use sounds of a metal drum, or a plastic drum, as in the big round container thing, being hit on, even with some tweaking to make it sound more regular and useable, but still, not something that is just meant to be used for music an dnothing else. Sounds that can be identified with in everyday's life, kinda.

I'd want to hear that.

Also, silly and maybe cliché-ish for someone who hangs around furs and such, but well, growls and roars and the such, to the extent that it can be used, would be nice. Or just other sounds coming from people singing would be interesting. It's too often in my opinion just lyrics, or lyrics with some synthetic effects added to them. Seems like there's a lot more that could be done with that.

But yeah, once again, might just be me not knowing the right stuff, or the right people for that. It's just bugging me right now.

Also, stupid echo effects. I hate them sometimes.

I don't know, there's something annoyingly unsatisfying with music lately. Not that music changed for me, just what i've been listening to doesn't seem to cut it anymore. And i found myself liking some music from movies more not because of the music alone, but because of those other sounds from the movie in the back, mixed with it. Not that they are really part of the song, but they kinda make things fit together with the picture and becomes more... whole.

This is kinda funny, because when i think of it, that's another strange thing. I have many old songs that i taped off the radio in the 90s, that were totally horrible quality, had bits of other things that you could still hear thru from previous recordings, bad attempts at removing adds, glitches from when the tape got stuck or things like that. Some of those songs i really loved... But then when i got a digital "perfect" mp3, well, there's just so much missing that i don't like it anymore. And being able to hear it clearly made it a bit... less interesting. Things that were kinda blended in the distortion before stuck out, and became annoying.

I guess that's a bit why old records can be fun to listen to.

I don't know if that makes sense to many people.

I guess it's the same with some movies and higher definition now, things are so detailed that you can see all the annoying things you wouldn't be able to notice before. I find it funny still, for many movies i honestly can't see the point of higher resolutions at all, beside those trying to be all eye-candy. It's almost bugging me because it makes it so much harder to get a thing to look right that way, especially for people doing things without much of a budget. But on the other side, i guess digital means it's easier to just use any generic computer to process things and not have to buy/rent/etc expensive specialized gear. Still i'm perfectly happy not having to download a dozen gigabytes of data to watch an hour or two of something, as long as there's enough of the picture for it to be watchable.

Heh, that reminds me, I'm still annoyed by the whole concept of souls and how they're used everywhere all the time, yet i still can't get myself to properly define and well, integrate the stupid thing in my view of the world and everything. It still seems to me like a vague explanation trying to fill a void that isn't even there for me. Yet everyone uses that concept all the time as if it was something proven and well defined and true and all...

But on the other side, people don't even seem to know why they feel what they feel and want what they want. It's silly, and at this point i almost feel like i know some people than they do themselves. makes them so easy to work with in a way too... Knowing which buttons to push, i guess. It's just kinda strange to try to imagine how those people work. I spend an useless amount of time internally figuring out why i want or feel or whatever else. Which works out rather well for me, since the moment i figure out things, it seems like they... I don,t know. Are detached from me, in a way. I don't directly feel things anymore, i just watch the reaction leading to my "internal programming" to me feeling like that. Then i can just tweak it.

it's a bit funny too, because it made me realize how fun it can be to feel things, it's really silly, but it ends up working that way. It's a bit like sandboxing emotions, in a silly way. It's a bit like pushing my own buttons to see just how much it can go on it's own before i just stop it. Weird thing, but... It's useful, and a bit fun. It's like... being able to get really incredibly mad at someone, but actually being just sitting back and watching the character be mad and all, then finally just make said anger vanish when it's done being useful.

I guess the human i play in real life is just more of a character than i thought, and not me.

Or maybe it's the same for a lot of people, i just never have been someone else, so i've never really known it. Or something like that. I guess it probably is, but people don't know how far they're taking it, or are aren't even aware of it.

I guess it's a matter of, do they just switch personality entirely in reaction to different inputs from their surroundings, or do they really have a "work" themselves and "home" themselves... But i guess, with how home-like things at work breaks them, it's more of plain reacting to inputs they get.

Something else that's a bit ridiculous that i've noticed is that i get jealous of some of my own characters sometimes. But of course, in an indirect, "sit back and watch" way, not in a really directly involved way.

I know it's rather silly once more, but well, it does happen, and it bugs me in a bit, because if i did let it go unwatched, it could be rather destructive. I do play some characters that are totally not me. The dragon-raptor me is entirely me, as in, it's meant to be the same "programming" just running in a different form. I "translate" what happens to it in the same way as i "translate" what happens to the human me in the physical work to connect with myself. Those other characters, i don't do that at all. They're proper characters, with a defined "virtual" personality, that is meant to be x or y way, usually meant originally to be just a side-character for a story or just some idea i wanted to try, just to see how i'd handle processing those kinds of thoughts.

But then, annoyingly, many of those end up so popular that i can't help but be jealous of that, and how well-liked they are, and how whenever i sign on with 'em everyone wants to talk to me and all. Mostly because, well, if they weren't my creation, i'd likely hate them outright.

Actually i guess a part of why i do create those characters is to be able to figure out how they think and work, and be able to make sense out of their behavior. And it does work, on the good side. Doesn't mean i necessarily like those people more now, but they seem less... Hm, better way to put it, i can understand them, so i no longer fear their actions because of how unpredictable and unjustifiable they are to me.

But at the same time, it bugs me still to see how people are so... I wouldn't quite know what word to use there, but they just become easy play-things for characters like those. And it makes me see how easy it would be to gt the attention of some people by simply giving up being who i try to be and just becoming what i know works for people. And what i really hate about it is that it feels that all this involves no reconstruction, just discarding parts of myself and simplifying others. Not thinking into things as much. Making everything more direct.

I know that probably won't make sense to many, but meh, i kinda need to have it written down right now. And i know i say that a lot. But it's mostly due to how, well, i try to write generally, but i know what i'm referring to internally when writing those things, and i have no idea how it's relate for anyone else.

I guess one of the biggest questions in life for me is how do others think. When they do, at least. *grins* That's part of why i love computers so much, they're simple to think like. Just a simple process repeated very quickly, instead of a huge blob of processing in an uber-complex way, without a specific beat, and without defined cycles and all.

It's also funny how while thinking about this and writing this, I'm also designing a program to generate live preview of price signs for work. And i'm fully aware of those thoughts running in their own separate process aside from what i'm using to think about and type this.

I wonder how i'd be explaining all this if i hadn't been so much into computers.

Hm, also something else. Graphic design. The kind used for advertising and such.

I've noticed that people seem to really like what i do at work. Ridiculously much, almost. I'd say it's so weird, but it's not, but at the same time it is. Because i find it so ridiculous and... nothing. Just a bunch of lines, curves, gradients, transparent or not shapes, text, some images. It's just a small thing i did between other projects because it wouldn't need much thinking, and i could do better than 72pt bold underline text on a white sheet.

That annoyingly made me see how it really is for a lot of artists, likely. That's not work i'm proud of. The code i write, programs that do something huge for the whole company in a single click, that i'm proud of, i know quite well how clever the trick was, and how much it does every day, and how much it helps. However, people never pay any attention, reactions are along the lines of "was about time". However, that stupid 17x22in poster about some new product, or a sale, everyone comes to tell me how awesome it is, how they love the design. Even the higher ups who never said a word about the entire system i wrote to convert that old console-based text only inventory system to a fully interactive web-based thing, send me a letter to congratulate me for the stupid sign.

And yet, i still think they suck. I made almost zero effort for those signs, i did them in OpenOffice Impress (PowerPoint equivalent), and spent under an hour for each of those things. I can see how pixelated pictures are, how things didn't fully line up right, how this or that didn't print out as it was on screen... But to everyone, it's pure awesome.

It's probably the same as for so many artists who think their stuff sucks, and how that silly sketch that everyone loves is just nothing, and get mad because of that big other picture that nobody comments on, because it just doesn't trigger what makes people react, while technically awesome and all.

Hehe, this is making me notice how this text is actually bugging me a bit even, because i'm using another language, one in which i don't know all the words i'd want to use, and where stopping to search for them would break the flow of thoughts long enough to make me unable to continue.

And of course, i could do better in french, but then most people wouldn't pay attention, and honestly, my french stopped really improving a while ago, due to not really using it much. English is almost everywhere, and where i can still find french, it's often really horribly written, to the point where i can usually find a dozen mistakes... Which is ridiculous considering i technically never even finished high school as far as french goes.

That leads to another thing. Making up words. I love and hate that, in a way. I do that all the time, without even thinking about it. Either by mistake, lack of coffee, or just randomness. i find it neat, especially when i notice that other people seem to adopt them. But i hate when there's almost a committee to decide on the proper new french word that will mean x or y thing. Or when people try to make cheap words using just a literal translation of the parts of a word in another language.

Languages need to follow along with society. If they don't, people will just branch them off into another sub-language that will eventually become the norm, and the official version will become the old thing.

So by making up new words i'm trying to save the language. Ha!

Nah, i don't take it that seriously, but it's still fun to do, and well, when things are a pain in the tail to say, why not make a better way to say them, really.

Growling is an oddly efficient method of communication in the workplace.

Hehehe... That makes me think of all those who kept telling me i'd grow out of it! Ha, take that, i'm still the same weirdo as i was before, just more advanced.

Seriously, it's just sad sometimes to see people, from my point of view. I remember them in elementary school... So many haven't changed either, and too many changed in a boring way. They used to integrate themselves into their favorite cartoon or movie. They do the same, except that now instead of being star wars or jurassic park, it's some boring office/love drama. And so many who just discarded dreams as just being impossible because they're just dreams...

Especially when i hear people go on about how they'd love to visit new york once in their life, or still go to universal / disney / blah. Why not JUST DO IT DAMNIT! It's not far, it's not ever really that expensive, especially not if you pick the right time or know the right people. I know with some other stuff like going to mars or the moon that's not quite doable right now without much effort, but so many silly simple things could be done...

I mean, i've done tons of things that people talk to me about how they'd dream of doing it some day. And then they assume that i'm either kidding, lying, or that i make 250k$/year as computer tech, so that's why.

Everyone seems to assume i'm 30-40 years old too, rawr.

I have to admit, I do have quite a few projects i probably should be just going for and am not, but I'm still far from stuck in the daily routine as much as 'em. I don't think i'd even be able to survive with that much of the same daily. I get two weeks that are the same and i get not only bored, but i seem to just totally forget those weeks because nothing stood out as interesting enough. Then it feels like an horrible waste of two weeks.

I guess that's a bit the way i go with time. Probably is the same with others, but still interesting to say. I really have no notion of time itself, as in, how long i've been somewhere, or the like. But i have a very solid timeline of interesting events, which i can then figure out what was when from.

And right now, i am a bit at one of those point where i'm getting close to being badly in need of doing something that i'd remember. But well, summer is starting, conventions are coming, i MIGHT finally not owe as much to various people anymore... This has potential. *grins*

Sometimes i wish something would just push me over the edge and get me moving in some serious way. Always sitting on that line where it's not bad enough to really feel the need to do something big to solve it all, but not good enough to quite be happy either.

Moving out was a move i should have done a while ago tho. It's only once out that i realize how really toxic things kinda were back at home. Both from an atmosphere, and air quality point of view. Hurts the budget, but it's easier to live when you don't feel like you're living on borrowed space, that your presence is bothering people, and that you're doing something bad by trying to look up while everyone is going down.

I'm honestly a bit afraid of losing that new 'n improved situation, but...

Annoyingly, the majority of the work-related people saw it as "finally moving in the right direction" for the wrong reason. Apparently, being 26 and still in the parent's basement is an horrible thing, and me moving out seem to have been a sign for them that i was "finally going to become a person" and blah. So the seem to assume that I'm going to also buy a brand new car, get a girlfriend, and all that as well. Nope.

Honestly, being that invisible guy in the office has made me realize how horrible some people are when it comes to relationships. What worries me the most with it is that it seems to be the large majority that are like that. They all have that neat little plan to follow, those stages they want to get to at x or y point in life, and how the other has to be. And they speak of their significant others more like they would of a pet they taught tricks to...

What is so important about making your bed. I don't get it at all! Or putting toilet paper on that little holder thingy instead of just beside the toilet.

And they brag about doing this and that subtle thing to leave them guessing that something isn't right, and turning it up until the other realizes what they did wrong and blah. And if they don't get it, it's because they don't love them enough, apparently.

*chuckles* I have trouble seeing them as the supposedly sane one like they want me to.

I want to find someone who's insane in a compatible way. Seriously.

I really wish i could honestly find that sometimes. I don't want someone to settle down with, i want someone to go insane with. I honestly don't care about gender and all that stuff, i really just want to be able to just have someone who I'd trust to go along all the way, and just... do it, really. Almost something like in cartoons and comics and the such so often, nothing complicated involving love and all, just compatibility to go on adventures and travel the world and all without breaking down.

I find it funny how far i can go with that whole "I don't give up" thing sometimes. FC trip being an example, how many people during the whole mess repeatedly told me "i'd just give up if i was you" and "too bad, but what can you do". And still, i f'ing made it! ROAR!

Same with so many things... And people don't stay calm and rational enough when plans break up. They panic, and don't think anymore.

Also, eep, almost 2am, i really should end this.

If you've read the whole thing, I'm honestly impressed.
2011-03-09 09:23 pm

More work fun...

... with too much information.

It's fun, but at the same not. I've been messing a bit with the idea of actually having more information concerning sales, inventory, purchases and the such at work. As of now, we can only get the "current" information, no way to know how things were a week, a month or a year ago. It's now or nothing for everything.

An easy fix would be to simply record things live. But then if the machine goes down, there's a blank, and that still would be only worth something a few years from now once enough of a database has been built.

So the fun idea i came up with was simply to use every other bit of data i could find to reverse things and figure out how things were back then. Should be simple enough, i just need to add sales, remove purchase and the such.

Turns out, this led me to discovering all our current data is wrong. There's some major bugs in the system i hadn't even noticed yet. One of them being that sales, money-wise are calculated right, but inventory is not. In other words, if an item sells by the box (BX) and individually (EA), normally, a value is assigned to each for inventory. As in, BX = 1, EA = 0.125, as example.

Now, the problem is, if i sell one box and 4 units, and my inventory counts boxes, i have sold ((4x0.125)+(1x1)), so 1.5 units. The problem is, the inventory system in that case adds up boxes and each units, so i end up with a quantity of 5 in the transaction logs. However, the total of the bill adds up, due to the prices being set according to "EA" or "BX", not calculated.

So i thought this would be simple, i just have to take the total cost of the items, the price of the smallest unit it could be sold as, and divide by it. If an "EA" is 0.46$, and is 0.125 of a "BX", if the total is 7.03$, i can just divide 7.03 by 0.46, and i have 15.something, meaning i can safely-ish assume i sold 15 "EA", or 1.875 "BX".

This also brings up the fun part of dealing with many rounded up values.

But the real fun i discovered there is that a LOT of our merchandise is sold with some form or other of discount. So i can't even properly use the total price of the items, since the discount is applied, but not stored anywhere. No way of knowing if they paid full retail or had 15% off the retail price.

However, i do have the profit margin of the transaction as information there. Not much help on it's own... I do have access to the cost of the items, so i thought this could be simple. Remove the profit from the retail price, you get the cost of the sale, use the cost of the sale divided by the cost of a stock unit, and that should get me the amount of items sold.

... and not that simple either. Turns out the profit of the transaction is calculated not according to the purchase cost of said item, but the average cost value of items in stock.

Also turns out that this value is also not stored anywhere in the database, only re-calculated when a purchase order is completed to update the cost according to the new items, going by ((average cost * items in stock) + ( purchase cost * items purchased)) / ( items in stock + items purchased), giving the new value.

So whee...

However, i do have a proper history of the transaction value of previous purchase orders. But the value on those is based on the purchase cost, not the average cost. But logically, if the stock was 0, the purchase cost becomes the average cost as soon as new stock comes in.

But having no history, i have no way of knowing when that last happened.

Except for one. Before the store opened. Everything was at zero then, obviously.

Which led to one big stupid simply complicated solution. To start at zero.

If things were perfect, it'd be easy. Step day by day, on each day re-add the matching purchases, calculate the average cost, get the amount of items sold from the cost of sales, subtract that to the inventory, move forward one day.

Except that things are not perfect. That only gives part of the big picture, because it doesn't take in account theft, in store breakage, items returned to suppliers, items left behind after being paid for, items changing into others, etc...

And those, sadly, while i've go some form of information about, are all as useable as the sales. The only reliable values i have about those are the cost values, once again, since it's what government verificators rely on when checking our inventory and accounting.

But, well, all based on average cost still.

So the only way, once again, is to re-calculate step by step from zero, taking in account all those...

And fun, it once again doesn't add up. Whee...

Turns out, all those numbers are also rounded up in various way, with no decimal, or 2, 5, 8 digits after it, rounded up, rounded down, rounded to the nearest half, etc...

So i'm still working on that fun part right now, i have to guess how things were rounded up, so i can do the same with my own numbers. Would be fun if this wasn't all done in a mix of old compiled languages that i have never really heard of before. B4BB? Anyone knows what that is? And IBM 4680 BASIC... More documented, but i have nothing but the binaries.

Some of those things are at least compiled iSQL reports, so some of it is still plaintext-y in the file, at least.

But yeah, pretty interesting. Considering that the store has over 5k transactions, over 100k$ worth of them, each day, plus all the other data, things are getting pretty interesting.

Still, so far, i seem to have figured things out mostly right, since i've got only about 7% of the inventory where the result for today, as in, what the value in stock should be according to my program is, doesn't match the physical reality. About 13% doesn't match with the "current" values of the DB, but it seems that quite often it's said "current" value that is wrong. And only very few of those have a difference of more than one unit.

... the problem with all this, is that it's getting to the point where i more than once get lost into that so much that i fail to notice everything that goes on around me. It's eating my braaain!

... hey, it's 10pm, i need to eat today.
2011-02-24 10:00 pm

It seems like i'm here...

... after all.

I'm glad this thing is able to import everything from LJ, that website was starting to annoy me a lot.

I'll poke around some more later, but now it's time to crash, feeling a bit sick.
2011-01-13 04:27 pm

FC: Made it!

Made it to further confusion!

After many travel plans failed, i finally managed to get there... Interestingly, i got there about an hour and a half earlier than the expected arrival time in San Francisco.

So i'll be staying at the ex-montgomery, room number 'n such is not known yet, due to check-in being past 3PM.

And as usual, best way to reach me is my cellphone, by SMS. I should also manage to remain online with the laptop most of the time.
2010-08-12 12:53 am

Birthday, or "I didn't blow myself up for another year!"day!

Whee... And i'm now officially 26, time to pay the driver's license registration and stuff... *Laughs* They kinda need to make the timing of those things better.

But yeah, officially my birthday, so i get the right to make a post dedicated to nothing but attracting attention to myself! *bounces around waving with arms and wings*

I think the best way to see the thing is really "Hey, i made it thru another year without either destroying the earth, the world as we know it, or myself! Good job!", much better than "Blargh, one year closer to death."

If i die it's going to be in an explosion anyway. I still plan on not dying. Not 'cause almost everyone ends up doing so one day that i have to too! I can be the first to be just that stubborn!

... yeah, random topic drift. It IS past midnight, and i am low on sleep. Whee. Had to wake up early to get the car to the shop... Whee, there goes a few thousands $$$s!

And tomorrow is the last day of work for me until the 21st, nice paid vacation to make up for some of the unpaid overtime i did. I'm going to likely start driving east 'till i either reach the ocean, or just go south at Riviere-du-loup, and end up in charlottetown or Halifax, or both!

Anyone in that general direction with crashspace?

And no, i actually have no plans for anything to do on my actual birthday...

Oh, and i should get some sleep! *falls over, sleeps*
2010-07-06 03:44 am

Random typing, feel free to ignore, brain to text randomness

Random brain to text thingie again...

It's too hot out there to sleep, and i've got a full plate of spaghetti of doom with tons of garlic and onions.

Stuff got me thinking, once again, about the whole mess of life.

Nope, not an emo rant, don't worry about it.

But i've just been thinking about it. I keep seeing all those webcomics, stories, television shows with stories about messed up families, cheating husbands and wives, criminality, addictions, suicide, etc, etc...

When i look at the story of my family itself, i still think it makes a lot of those seem pretty tame. Funny thing is, it's not until i was out of it that i've really been able to take a moment to look back, and well, realise the magnitude of the mess it is.

And yet, i'm not sucidal, i'm not depressive, i don't think i'm even that messed up. I'm just different. I took care of my major glitches on my own, i've done things nobody my age ever did... Hell, i've done things i hear people twice my age dream about eventually being able to do. I've built the room i live in, all the furniture i use, all the machines i use...

... i honestly have no idea what to think of it all!

I feel i should want it all to have been more "normal", but... i don't. I can't see how things would be better from it. Sure, they might have been more "normal" as well, but then i might not have made it this far.

I guess i kinda find it a bit sad to see how much everyone lied to eachother and themselve, but, in a way, it couldn't have really been otherwise.

It still makes me wonder... What would i be if i was more "normal"? If my parents loved eachother and me, would i have still grown with no interest toward any form of affection 'till i wasn't a teenager anymore? Would i actually care about sex 'n all that stuff?

If my father had been around when he could still walk, or if he hadn't gotten multiple sclerosis, would i have still learned to take care of myself like that? Would he have kept me from touching this and that, or fixed my bike for me? Would i still have learned to do all those things by myself?

If we actually had some money, would i still have learned to fix things, and scavenge parts of things for other things? To see things as what they could be instead of what they are...

Would i have been left to imagine all those stories and universes, or would i have been fed pre-made ones?

If all those fights never happened, would i have done like so many other kids and stayed home in front of the TV instead of biking to the other end of the city to play in the wood and fields?

It's funny to think that all that crap is likely what shaped part of what i am now...

Hm...

That makes me think of something totally different. But yeah...

Something i wonder if it happens to everyone, or if it's just me, or something.

Basically, the best moment in the world. *chuckles*

Stupid name, but that's all what comes to mind for now. But basically...

For me, that's how it goes. First, there's doing stuff. That's the boring part. Then you get better at it, it becomes fun. You push it harder, make it more challenging add some extra here and there to keep things more interesting... It keeps gettign more fun, but at the same time harder and harder, and you need to focus more and more...

Then it gets to a point where it's as if something snapped, things went matrix-y, and you're no longer thinking about what you're doing, but just doing it. It feels as if 100% of your body was dedicated to the task, but at the same time able to do it flawlessly and with ease. Everything is perfectly in sync, everything just flows. There's no other thoughts going on, nothing but that single thing pushed to the limit.

And even more, there's a moment in this where everything seems to slow down, you seem to see everything miles away, hear the slightest sound, pick up every scent, while still being totally focused on the task at hand.

It's... pretty hard to describe, but that's what it is for me.

Ridiculously, that can happen while doing really random stuff, trying to race while climbing rocks, or on bike, or even while computer gaming, or just running around for the hell of it.
Almost always, speed is involved, interestingly.

Maybe it's a zero percent boredom thing?

But yeah, i really wonder if that kind of thing happens to others, or if it's just me being random, or something. It's bugging me a bit, because usually that's a bit what i'm trying to get to when doing a lot of things... Frustratingly, that rarely happens.

It results in a really weird kind of need.

Either way, it is nearly 4am, i should head to bed. I hope the heat went down enough to sleep.
2010-07-05 02:53 am

AC and Camping: Has it really been a week?

Eep!

Seriously, it feels like the whole camping trip an AC were two days ago.

Either way, figured i should post something before it's all too far in my memory. *chuckles*


Camping trip was very much awesome. To follow the usual tradition of rushed vacation, i left work Friday mid-afternoon to rush home, where Sprout already was waiting for me. Due to work-related bleh and the usual, turns out i wasn't done packing yet, so i had to once again do the whole packing thing in a hurry, which worked out mostly fine...

Of course, as usual, i forgot something important again.

Got to the airport in time, we got moved from the econopark to the proxipark for some reason, which was nice 'cause then we only had to take a bridge across the arrival section to get into the terminal, and not a parking shuttle.

Flight went well, involved watching HTTYD multiple times, since it pretty much was the best thing available in the onboard entertainment system. Also, DRAGONS!

Landed in Vancouver on time, had to wait a bit for the luggages to get unloaded, met up with ShadowKeeper while waiting. Turns out he was already waiting for us there, so that was very easy. *chuckles* Was rather surprised to see him with a brand new-looking Silverado pickup there, which turns out was a rental for the trip... I'd honestly have went with buying one off craigslist for the same price, and instead having another of those insane car-related adventures. *Grins* Especially since i saw some motorhomes for sale for about the same price. Need work, of course, but that's the fun of it!

... but that's me.

Grabbed some food, went back to Shadowkeeper's place, met up with Tenur, MiniMike and Pagan who had gotten there earlier, as well as Lunar who... well, lives there as well. This is also the point where i noticed what i forgot this time... My laptop's power adapter. So that sucked, but it also forced me to take a 'vacation' from the computer as well, so meh. Sleeping arrangements got sorted out with some creativity, and after some randomness we finally went to bed.

Next morning involved loading up the truck, which involved some more real life Tetris as well as figuring out the squishability of various items we had to bring along. Luckily, everything did manage to fit in, as well as all six of us... Barely, but it worked!

We made a quick stop to grab stuff to make the cargo stay in the box, as well as an inflatable bed for me, then headed to the ferry. First time on a big one for me, so that was pretty fun! Those things are huge! And apparently it wasn't even the biggest one. We met up with Morca on the ferry, lots of pictures got taken, no hats flew off.

Once we reached the island, we met up with FireGryph, which turns out is driving basically the Ford equivalent to my Swift.... Oddly, i felt more comfortable in that thing than the Silverado.

We made it to the campsite not too long after, turns out the place is quite awesome. I was worried it would be too tourist-commercial-y, but it was just fine, enough forest not to see directly into other campsites, but not too spread out either, and a run to the beach could be done in a minute or two.

Setting up the tents was... interesting. *chuckles* My vote still is for buying a bunch of plywood sheets and 2x4s and building something on the spot next year. We had a pickup truck after all! I wanted a big hammer really badly, and some of those tents were not designed like anything i had worked with before...

Food happened after that. I think it was meant to be hotdogs. Also some exploring, and going to the beach. I discovered that there's a lot of life there! Craaaabs! Fun to chase around and take pictures of, but they seem quite happy to eat the skin off my feet, as i found out... Of course, i had to be the only one going around barefoot out there. SHOES SUCK! ... but they keep crabs from eating you.

I've surprisingly managed to get pretty decent sleep out there, most likely due to having the big tent, a good inflatable mattress, and both my blanket and a sleeping bag. Which was good, i didn't want to spend this camping trip being a sleep-deprived zombie again...

The next day involved awesome proper non-camping food from a tiny local foodplace for me and Sprout, while others went to Pizza hut. Took forever, but i love those tiny local no-name foodplaces that actually try to do something good instead of just following the corporate plan.

Then we headed to the caves. That involved a fun amount of relatively high speed driving on dirt roads with the HTTYD soundtrack playing, in a car not meant for it at all! I'm glad Fire had it in a good enough shape not to explode from it. In one way, i'd have loved to drive the swift there, so much handbrake fun could have been had. But on the other side, i'd likely have killed it.

The caves were awesome! We only got into the smaller ones since the bigger one was uber-expensive to get into and... well, monitored 'n such. I was actually suprised that they'd let us go freely into the other two. I've discovered that i absolutely love them! All cool and dark and comfy and nice. The rocks inside are surprisingly smooth, and with lots of places to hang onto. The passages are also narrow enough that you can properly wedge yourself in place if slipping, so less of a risk than you'd think! Annoyingly, Fire's flashlight that i had borrowed had a little problem with the power adjustment knob, so it went dark quite often... Luckily, it had two white LEDs that worked out just fine for most of it, and a handle that i could bite into to hold it while keeping my hands free.

The first we went to had a really nice waterfall in the end, and only me, Sprout and Shadowkeeper made it all the way to it. If it had been any warmer, i think i'd just have stayed under it for a while...

The second cave was larger, and went in a loop so we could go in by the bottom passage, and come back thru a higher one. Not quite as challenging, but very fun as well. I wish they had been bigger, or that the passages went further inside...

Then we went back to the campsite and steak 'n stuff. We also made a shopping stop, where i got raisin bread, mini-wheats and iced tea. That made me a properly happy dragon. *chuckles* Could have lived off that for the rest of the weekend, really.

Next day we went to the raptor place Fire used to work for. First time seeing many of those birds so closely...Pretty impressive, especially with how large some of those are! Didn't expect that. I didn't expect to see an owl enjoy scritches so much either!

Went back to the campsite after that for macaronis, and i've once more discovered that "not that spicy" for those people means DEATH! for me. After half a gallon of milk, i hadn't even managed to eat half of what i'd normally eat. And it felt weird even when inside, and i felt sick-ish the whole rest of the day... I'm really not compatible with the stuff. I should have stayed with my raisin bread and mini-wheats!

I've at least finally managed to get deep enough into the water to actually swim! Was really nice, finally the tide was high enough so that i could avoid stepping on too many living things. I've finally understood the true meaning of salt water too! Doesn't taste good... But it's one of those things that just made me go "wow, so all that water out there is really like that? Not like the lake?", and that changed my view of a lot of stuff, as silly as it might be.

I need to go out there again. Seems easier to float in that, kindof...

Then the next day it was time to head back toward Vancouver. Since the truck had to be returned and people needed to get to the Victoria airport, we split up. Pagan, Tenur, Fire and i went down to Victoria while the others went right back to Vancouver.

This is another place i'll need to spend more time exploring. Seems like a nice place, with a slight deer problem, as i found out when we got to Fire's place... One was eating his front lawn. We had some leftover pizza, went around for some stuff, then headed to Vancouver as well. We watched part of a movie on the ferry, watched someone totally fail by repeatedly try to move to the lane being unloaded to get stuck as it stopped moving and the one he was previously in started moving.

We got to experience a bit too much of Vancouver's traffic, then finally made it back to Shadowkeeper's place. Went out for foodstuffs, messed with online stuff, i really missed my power adapter... Things like that.

Sleep didn't quite work out to well that night, but meh. Minimike and Tenur left at some point, then we went to get food, and finally left for the airport.

Flight home was a direct flight, so not too much went on there, beside watching HTTYD a couple more time.

Got home at the expected time, waited for a while for our luggage, discovered that pennies don't make it back when put on the luggage conveyor belt, but that plastic bits do come back. We also totally lost the car in the parking lot, turns out i remembered exactly where it was relatively to the ramp leading up, problem is that the parking lot was perfectly symmetrical, and that the ramp i went in by wasn't the same i got to when i got back. So after a lot of confusion, we found the car at the exact opposite end of the parking lot, two rows from the up ramp, behind the third concrete column, next to the cart return spot... Just as i remembered.

Simply was the wrong ramp...

Made it home, tried to do some laundry, found out that the dehumidifier required for drying clothes was borked again. Fell asleep soon after, due to much tiredness....

The next morning, i woke up at about 9am, sent a text to Bryagh who was our ride to AC to see how he was coming along... He replied that he was only 15min or so away! I was sure we had agreed on that he'd SMS me when he left Québec city so i'd have time to pack, but apparently it wasn't so... Panic-mode packing again! Clothes weren't dry, camping stuff was still in the bags, gyaaah!

But we got things ready quickly enough, met up with Bryagh and Ailé in the truck, as well as another of Bryagh's friend. Saw his new truck for the first time as well, quite nice for an old suburban like that...

Then we left for AC! Loooooong drive, especially when a passenger at the back. Luckily it was large enough not to be squished or squish anyone, and except for some traffic in Toronto, went well enough. The customs agent asked a lot of questions, but Bryagh had a moose plushie on his window that made her crack up, so she let us go before losing it and laughing in front of us.

Made it to pittsburgh a bit past midnight, got to the hotel room, and slept!

Next day... well, convention stuff. Lots of the usual running around between the dealer's room and the hotel room, and various other places, meeting up with people 'n the such. It's still as usual a bit too much of a blur to really remember it all in the proper order.

Athy makes awesome coffee, Sprout isn't allowed to say he can't draw anymore, Gryphons come from various animal's spare parts and are born from Kinder's surprise eggs, i found that i want a pet lizard really badly, vore-people will talk about ANYTHING but vore, i need a way to make people understand my wings damnit!, free apples are awesome, printers are insanely usefull at cons, foodplaces need to be faster, there's lots of strange people in pittsburgh, pigeons aren't that hard to catch, i seem to know a lot more people than i thought, Keaton needs to be dragged along next time, i need to buy normal non-work clothes, magnetic badges are awesome, and hanging out in other people's room is fun when they can be trusted!

Art from there will be posted later. Most of it is still being drawn by people. Seems most were too busy to do art there.

The trip home was once again long, we stopped in Toronto to have dinner with one of Bryagh's uncles, which was surprisingly interesting... That guy really lives a special life. The food was also very good, which made me happy after so much fastfood.

Made it home past midnight, Sprout tried to leave but this city being stupid closed off most highways for road work at night, so he came back here.

And i went back to work late, as with every single time i return from vacation.

And... that's pretty much it, i think! Bedtime now!
2010-06-14 12:11 am

Anthrocon! Camping! Rawr!

Thought i should make a post like that before things get too insane again... Not that they stopped being so, but i've got a few moments before bedtime.

Anthrocon! Yes, i am going, will be staying at the Omni, should be getting there on the 24th late-ish... Riding down from Montréal likely with Bryagh and Sprout and possibly more. Everything confirmed, so whee! *happy dragon*

Second, camping trip right before AC, in British Columbia, on the Vancouver island. Should be awesome, but it also means i'll disappear this Friday and likely won't show up online much 'till i'm at Anthrocon, and even there i'll likely won't be online THAT much, for pretty obvious reasons.

And third, as usual, i'll be trying to get commissions done then or before. So if anyone has suggestions, or is willing to split the costs for a multi-character commission, leave a message! Always more fun to get something involving more people...

And last... Rawr! It's official.
2010-02-01 01:40 am

Avatar...

... is still causing people to contact me 'cause of the flyers having features similar to mine.

I can't help but laugh everytime. Even at FC i had people come see me because of it!
2010-01-22 05:31 am

Made it to FC!

Made it to FC! Room 1227. SMS if you want to reach me. 1-514-562-9722.
2010-01-17 07:53 pm

Further Confusion and such!

First. AAAasdgkhjasdhklj! Things need to stop happening! I need a break. I'm once again just going to be running away

Second, going to Further Confusion! Who else is?
2009-12-30 07:47 pm

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And i've got the 20 to 24 off Confirmed for Further Confusion. Return trip is booked, trip there is in the process of being figured out.

As usual... Who will be there? And anyone has/need a roomspace?
2009-12-29 05:34 am

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*Growls a bit*

I didn't think it would actually get there, but seriously, i'm getting to the point where i'm having trouble convincing myself that flying is worth the trouble at this point.

The only thing that saves it is that it's still the fastest way around.

But bleh... And Air Canada is slowly reducing more and more flights to the USA anyway, even more now with that latest stupidity.

Why can't we just get high speed trains or something before we run out of travel options?
2009-11-18 06:35 pm

Made it to MFF/Chicago!

Orlando, FL was awesome! Hanging out with Sakkin, Shuttle Launch, Universal Studios.

Am now in Chicago, for MFF, at the westin in room 416! As usual, cellphone number is 1-514-562-9722, SMS preferred, calls are Okay too, looking for people to meet up with.

Got a room there from the 18 to 23, if anyone needs early crash space or something.
2009-11-15 01:22 pm

Orlando and MFF - The lastest travel plans...

After many unexpected changes, this is the plan we've got now.

Tomorrow (Monday the 16), Serephis and Me are leaving for Orlando, FL, due to unexpectedly cheap flight. We'll be staying there for about two days and a half, staying at a friend's place down there... If anyone else happens to be in that area, i'd be happy to stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, we're taking a flight from Orlando to Chicago, for MFF. Landing there in the late afternoon, hopefully meeting up with a friend who has a vehicle, then heading to the hotel. We have the room from the 18-23.

Monday morning, heading home, hoping to land in time for work...

Serephis still needs a way back to Canada from Chicago, that shouldn't be too hard to figure out, but we're still poking options...

Oh, and we might still have some amount of room space, people are unconfirmed, so if anyone needs some for sure...
2009-11-06 07:40 pm

Looking for people to visit, and Midwest Furfest!

Rawr!

From Nov. 14 to Nov. 23, i'll be on vacation. As usual, i'd want to use that time to travel.

Me and Serephis are hoping to find people with places to stay at, since between the 14th and 18th, we're free to wander around anywhere between here and Chicago, since we have a room there only from the 18 at 3pm, for Midwest FurFest.

So if anyone happens to have crash space for two creatures, and would like some visit, i'd really appreciate!

Or if anyone would be interesting in having someone ride along to help pay for gas 'n such, and make the ride less boring, we could also be interested.

Or well, anything else! We're looking for things to do between the 14th and 18th.

2009-09-03 05:23 am

Finally, a big offline life update...

... been more than long enough since i've done one. With pictures even!

I don't actually remember what i've already posted before, and am too lazy to look it up, so i'll randomly start with this...

Beginning of the spring/summer was a bit of a pain. City inspector mess, wanting us to completely change the property because of assorted city laws. Turns out in the end there were many errors on their part, and laws that were changed after modifications had been already done, so they couldn't force us to do most of the stuff. Still, that did force me to finish my driveway and all, resulting in this.

The new driveway (and cars!)

How it was before.

So no more collapsing walls, or driveway causing water to flow down into my room! And extra parking space, plus a somewhat flat surface to work on cars onto. Whee!

That did cost a small fortune, but at least not as bad as it would normally have, thanks to being able to grab discount stuff from work.

Next thing was taking care of the room. It wasn't flooding anymore, which was good, but with all that emergency packing and unpacking, and tossing things around, and well... Not being home due to it sucking and instead going to friend's place, my room had kinda turned into this... rather insane mess.

I'll admit it, i've never been really good at keeping my room clean, but it rarely got to THAT point before. And in addition to that, the floor underneath is kinda going to hell, the walls aren't right and such. There was no way i was going to survive a winter stuck inside with my room unusable like that. I did have a second room as well, which wasn't in a much better condition, but at least i could work on one while fixing the other...

So i went to work on the other one first.

Started by tearing everything down, then putting up new wall structures and insulation , and then new drywall, a new floor, redid the wiring, etc, etc...

All that in a rather hurried way, since i had european visitors on the way.

But i still managed to get that room turned into sleeping space for two in time for that, and now finally got some computers properly setup in there as well. Which i'm very happy with. Quad-screen on one computer, and a KMV hooked up to the 5th screen for the servers. This is far from complete, but much more functional than the previous setup. Not quite my 3 walls of displays as before, but it'll get there, i'm sure! *grins*

With LCDs this time. So much nicer to have to plan for a 6-10in depth, instead of 24 to 32in deep... Oh, and not to need constant ventilation and air conditioning for the room to be survivable. I'll also now keep the servers'n such in a separate room from the gaming/work systems.

Those servers are now on the other side of that wall, temporarily on a system of shelves, eventually in a proper rackmount setup. I'll also have the wires run thru the wall to the displays and keyboards on the other side of the wall. Noise and heat stays there, the actual bedroom gets to stay cool and quiet.

I still need to finish quite a few things there, and well, redo the entire room that used to be my bedroom before the winter, so that i'll finally once more be able to actually do things at home!

All this would also be why i've been less online, and why the servers and all aren't as stable... Kept getting moved around while i worked.

Anyway, that's all for now. Need sleep.

2009-07-23 01:14 am

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If there's such a thing, i'm sure heaven and hell are the same place.

It's just that what heaven would be for most of the so called "good" people would be hell to the "bad" ones...

Why am i not sleeping?