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How to Get a Free Printer from Best Buy

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:50

16 easy steps!

Published by Richard on January 15th, 2017

How to Get a Free Printer from Best Buy

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:50

16 easy steps!

Published by Richard on January 15th, 2017

Index Cards

One Stack Deep - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:51

One thing that works for remembering things, at least when I know I need to call upon them in the near future, is index cards. Since starting learning a new language (Icelandic), and, separately, realizing over the holidays that I had lost sight of some important goals, with the added complexities of aging and a more complex life with a new job in a new city, index cards re-entered my life as a necessary tool.

Guides for using them suggest you make your own, and in the two cases where I needed them (for studying Mandarin Chinese and studying for a streetcar driving test), that worked. I hadn’t considered actually constructing my, though until I came across a guide from chinesehacks.com on how to make my own index cards on a keyring. I found all the items for cheap at Daiso’s Vancouver location over the holidays.

There’s no obstacles to stopping me from making them now. I’m going to start small (another thing that works in learning something new) and make one that lists the tasks during my Sunday routine (something else that works in offloading the work my brain needs to do). I can’t wait to see how this goes!


No Longer Playing Ingress

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 18:23

As a streak of 561 days in a row of playing Ingress comes to an end, I’ve decided to quit.

Published by Richard on September 17th, 2016

No Longer Playing Ingress

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 18:23

As a streak of 561 days in a row of playing Ingress comes to an end, I’ve decided to quit.

Published by Richard on September 17th, 2016

Gravenhurst, Ontario

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 10:00

A summary of my trip to Gravenhurst, Ontario on July 15th, 2016.

Published by Richard on September 4th, 2016

Gravenhurst, Ontario

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 10:00

A summary of my trip to Gravenhurst, Ontario on July 15th, 2016.

Published by Richard on September 4th, 2016

No Bell and the Brakes Were Hilariously Loud

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:07

Today was my first Bike Share Toronto commute, and I made as many blunders as possible. I added a few extra minutes by figuring out how to take a bike out, walking (not biking) from King to Adelaide, dodging trucks parked in the bike lane while properly crossing old streetcar tracks, turning into a one-way street, and getting turned around at least once, maybe twice. Next time I'm just going to turn right onto Church.

Published by Richard on May 10th, 2016

No Bell and the Brakes Were Hilariously Loud

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:07

Today was my first Bike Share Toronto commute, and I made as many blunders as possible. I added a few extra minutes by figuring out how to take a bike out, walking (not biking) from King to Adelaide, dodging trucks parked in the bike lane while properly crossing old streetcar tracks, turning into a one-way street, and getting turned around at least once, maybe twice. Next time I'm just going to turn right onto Church.

Published by Richard on May 10th, 2016

Free Comic Book Day, May 2016

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00

I'm not a big comics guy, but I did read Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud just recently, so I'm determined to get a glimpse of the medium. This'll be a start.

Published by Richard on May 7th, 2016

Free Comic Book Day, May 2016

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00

My excellent haul from Free Comic Book Day, from Hairy Tarantula and Silver Snail Comics (both on Yonge), plus a cameo by the ad for the photo gallery opening I attended later in the day. I saw Captain America: Civil War the other day, and have a lot of blanks to fill in as a result of that. I'm not a big comics guy, but I did read Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud just recently, so I'm determined to get a glimpse of the medium. This'll be a start.

Published by Richard on May 7th, 2016

3D Me

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00

I met Douglas Coupland! I had known for a while about his project to 3D scan and print each and every Canadian (minus those who couldn't make it to their local branch of a Quebec-based fashion retailer) for an installation he will later make. I was finally able to do it this weekend. I know one of his collaborators, John Biehler, so it occurred to them to scan me both wearing the Blue Jays cap I showed up in and one without. Everybody who gets scanned will get a copy of themselves, and, lucky me, I get two.

Published by Richard on May 4th, 2016

3D Me

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00

I met Douglas Coupland! I had known for a while about his project to 3D scan and print each and every Canadian (minus those who couldn't make it to their local branch of a Quebec-based fashion retailer) for an installation he will later make. I was finally able to do it this weekend. I know one of his collaborators, John Biehler, so it occurred to them to scan me both wearing the Blue Jays cap I showed up in and one without. Everybody who gets scanned will get a copy of themselves, and, lucky me, I get two.

Published by Richard on May 4th, 2016

Euphoria

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00

At 5:06 PM I saw a tweet by Drake (the rapper) that he was doing…something at 5 PM at 567 Queen St. West.

Published by Richard on April 24th, 2016

Euphoria

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00

At 5:06 PM I saw a tweet by Drake (the rapper) that he was doing…something at 5 PM at 567 Queen St. West.

Published by Richard on April 24th, 2016

My 2015 in Books

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:57

I read 20 books in 2015.

Published by Richard on February 1st, 2016

My 2015 in Books

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:57

Learning my lesson from last year, I cut down my book reading goal to 20 books from 25. Thanks to several flights during my trip to Europe, and an inspired purchase of a Kindle during Amazon’s Prime Day (which I hilariously almost lost at the airport), I was able to surpass my goal. Read more about My 2015 in Books

Published by Richard on February 1st, 2016

A Year of Races

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:26

The Couch-to-5k program got me started running, which carved out time to listen to podcasts, and inspired by the runners in my Twitter timeline I ran my first 5k race, the 2014 Scotiabank a year ago this weekend. For the 2015 event, I set two goals for the same race: run a personal best 1 kilometre over the course of the race, and run a best overall for a 5k. I achieved both, and would have done even better if it weren't for a heatwave.

Published by Richard on June 28th, 2015

A Year of Races

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:26

The Couch-to-5k program got me started running, which carved out time to listen to podcasts, and inspired by the runners in my Twitter timeline I ran my first 5k race, the 2014 Scotiabank a year ago this weekend. For the 2015 event, I set two goals for the same race: run a personal best 1 kilometre over the course of the race, and run a best overall for a 5k. I achieved both, and would have done even better if it weren't for a heatwave. Read more about A Year of Races

Published by Richard on June 28th, 2015

Customer Care Experiences from the Other Side: Company A

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:00

First in a series on customer care as seen through the eyes of someone who’s done support but is a frequent consumer of support as well.

Published by Richard on June 23rd, 2015

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