Fantasy Pools

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:47

Have I told you that I’m part of a baseball fantasy pool? While growing up, I played and watched baseball, and being one of the taller players, naturally I was assigned first base. I distinctly remember the time I sat on the family home’s deck and told my parents I wanted to focus on basketball instead, which was the right decision. I would cheer for the Blue Jays, and now that I think about it, the 1994 strike coupled with graduating high school and focusing on my floundering at university (which I would recover from), I lost interest.

Published by Richard on October 14th, 2018

Three Plants

Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 21:53

The three other life forms in my apartment.

Published by Richard on October 13th, 2018

UNO Synth Day 2

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:45

The real magic from the UNO Synth will come not from being a standalone synthesizer but rather an instrument in an orchestra. After playing around with modifying the preset sounds and playing the demo patterns at lunchtime today, I figured out how to use the sequencer without the aid of the manual, and the video tutorial is very good. I have watched the tutorial on the sequencer, and the possibilities are exciting.

Published by Richard on October 12th, 2018

New Arrival: The UNO Synth

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 21:13

Toronto held a synthesizer expo in August of this year, and it coincided with a pager duty shift. That meant I was able to visit, but I couldn't hang around it long. The purpose of my attendance was to gather information, and to see if Teenage Engineering would have a booth. They did not. I talked to the Roland folks, and mentioned that I was new to synths, and told them I was looking at the Pocket Operator series.

Published by Richard on October 11th, 2018

How I Use OmniFocus Notes

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:38

I use OmniFocus to keep track of what needs to be done on an individual level. All sorts of projects, from buying and framing art to starting hobbies to making notes about things to look up later get jotted down in OF. If I was ever lacking in things to do, that is no longer the case, with almost 900 open actions in 117 projects.

Published by Richard on October 10th, 2018

Ward 10 (Spadina-Fort York) All-Candidates' Meeting

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 23:25

Spadina-Fort York is a federal riding, a provincial riding, and a Toronto ward, and the boundaries are identical. Being from British Columbia, and having spent most of my adulthood in Vancouver (which does not have a ward system), the riding boundaries do not match at all. The recent changes to the wards in Toronto (from 44 to a proposed 47 to an eventual 25) set the wards to match the provincial (and therefore federal) ridings.

Published by Richard on October 9th, 2018

I Own a SodaStream

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 20:19

For years (really, years and years), I was and still am a loyal Coca-Cola drinker. At every job, it would take about a week for colleagues to realize just how often I drank it. There haven't been many days that have gone by where I haven't had a Coke, which I alternate between thinking of as a mark of shame and shrugging off as an aspect of my personality. I'm not saying I can tell the difference in a blind taste test, but Pepsi cola lacks the zing that Coca-Cola has.

Published by Richard on October 8th, 2018

My Sunday Routine

Just a Gwai Lo - Sun, 10/07/2018 - 19:14

Back when I thought I wanted to be a sysadmin, I read Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas A. Limoncelli. The sections that appealed to me the most were about routines. The routine of his that I always remember is that he gasses up his car on Sundays. Despite being a believer in the cashless society, the thing I always do now on Sundays is get cash. That way I don't have to think about it for another week.

Published by Richard on October 7th, 2018


Just a Gwai Lo - Sat, 10/06/2018 - 14:02

The Toronto Flower Market takes place a few times during the summer, and I try to buy something there each time to brighten up my apartment.

Published by Richard on October 6th, 2018

Three Years at Acquia

Just a Gwai Lo - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 19:07

Today marks my third anniversary of working at Acquia. This job has been more stressful than I imagined it but also with more laughs, learning and love than I imagined. Today was a good example, where an issue affected multiple customers and I ended up being the communications lead for the problem, but through teamwork and empathy we each played our part and kept things as light as possible while we figured out what was wrong.

Published by Richard on October 5th, 2018

It’s Relatively Cheap to Get Started With Making New Sounds

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 21:37

I’m not really sure what I was doing at Drone:Klub:21 beyond listening to synthesized music coming at me from all directions. It was pretty cool seeing men (let’s face it) agree on a key and a tempo and make new sounds from electrons, but I’m one of three “audience members” in four chairs provided. There were three times as many performers as listeners.

Published by Richard on October 4th, 2018

Another Year as Director at Large for the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:39

I will server for another year on the board of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto.

Published by Richard on October 3rd, 2018


Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:47

Despite being somewhat socially isolated in Toronto, I've felt connected to my friends in Vancouver through video chat.

Published by Richard on October 2nd, 2018

What Went Well/What Didn't Go Well

Just a Gwai Lo - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 00:20

I write post-mortems for significant events so that the next time will go slightly better.

Published by Richard on October 1st, 2018

Location-Based Reminders, As They Are Now, Aren’t Very Useful.

Just a Gwai Lo - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 14:34

A delay, not to mention more contextual awareness, will improve the current crop of apps that send you reminders based on your physical location.

Published by Richard on July 4th, 2018

Random Run: David Balfour Park to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:11

After two years of living in Toronto, this city is still new to me, so I took the opportunity to pick a random point and make a randomly generated route that I could run.

Published by Richard on December 7th, 2017

Cycling Again

Just a Gwai Lo - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:34

I'm commuting between work by bike again. I signed up in 2016 as a member of the Toronto Bike Share, and renewed again this month. Their call centre operation is weird, with a call center that presents options for English and Spanish. This being the country where English and French are the official languages, I have an idea of what that means. I haven't had a problem with their support when needed, at least.

Published by Richard on June 26th, 2017


Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:50

I show off my picnic basket and blanket.

Published by Richard on June 22nd, 2017

I Missed Tom Hawthorne’s Book Launch

Just a Gwai Lo - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:18

I would have gotten him to sign my Kindle.

Published by Richard on May 25th, 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