the-inbetween posts categorized as self

Places

Here we are in this post Google Reader world wondering whether our RSS feed url was transferred over to any of the replacement services (I’ve been using feedly.com myself but the user interface is losing me) or if it is being published to an audience of none. Many weblogs have long since shuttered but I’m still fond of the concept of a weblog and like to add to it occasionally if only to keep a continuous record of my long-time…

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2012

2012 was a confounding year, the majority of which was spent in Mexico for reasons previously described, but an amazing one too for nothing else than because I got married to an wonderful woman. We’ve been inseparable. I love her. In 2012 we’ve split our time between Queretaro and Mexico City, with a honeymoon sojourn in Cuba and a holiday break in Nayarit. I worked on some nice freelance projects, upgraded some of my web development skills, listened to a…

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Elzbieta Kocot-Nowak: 28-04-56 — 24-10-11

My mother passed away peacefully yesterday evening, just before 17:40 on Monday October 24th, at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital with my father, my sister, and myself at her side. She was 55. Elzbieta was a proud and caring mother to the end, never wavering in her love and devotion for her children. Even in the worst of times her first thought was for our well being. It is a love I won’t ever forget and a memory that I will…

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Ten

As part of a Kickstarter backer reward, I have received a download code for the PC indie game Crayon Physics Deluxe (previous entry about it here). It follows. First person to claim it has it: GONE If you do grab it and it works, let me know. As a side note, as of last week this domain is ten years old which makes it yet another thing making me feel old right now. So to freshen things up I redid…

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Flight Game

We boarded the plane at high noon. By three in the afternoon I was on the ground again, nearly ten hours passed. A direct flight from Paris to Toronto is eight hours long, but this one had a stop-over in Quebec to let off all the Quebecois. The final one hour stretch from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson airport was wonderful; the majority of passengers had disembarked, leaving a mostly empty and spacious plane for the more English speaking passengers.…

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Story Time

This story kind of spontaneously happened over instant messenger, but it turned out decent enough so I’m posting it here with a few additions and cleanups. It is 100% true. Once upon a time not too long ago there was a solitary nomad who said “to the south I’ll go!” He found himself a new home that was halfway to Rome! So he packed a suitcase with a lot of heft and met the landlord before he left. The landlord…

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The Decade of the Weblog

While I look forward to the start of a new decade and all that comes with it, I am somewhat sad to see this decade of zeroes end. It was the kind of decade where everything fit into place. I turned twenty in 2000, was twenty-five in 2005, and end it at twenty-nine in 2009. As of tomorrow that nice alignment fades away and as the twenty-xxs continue on I, in a month’s time, begin my thirties. The 00s began…

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A Super Mario World Champion’s Sweatshirt

I’ve previously mentioned my official and certified title of regional Super Mario World champion. I still have the proof, in writing, from Nintendo itself. As it says there, my skills and talents won me a sweatshirt. During my cleaning and packing prior to coming to Paris, I found it. I photographed it. I reminisced about winning it. Super Mario World The first thing you might notice about the above form letter is that I was the high scorer of Super…

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Eurogamer Weekend

I was up on Friday morning and rode out to Gare du Nord to catch an early Eurostar train to London. The trip from Paris to London is about two hours total which, for someone that grew up with the vast distances of Ontario, is mind-boggling. It’s a comfortable, easy ride and really the more civilized way to go. Sure, it’s more expensive than flying and takes twice as long in transit, but the overall experience is quicker since both…

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The Return

This time next week I’m going to be flying over the Atlantic towards Paris. I spent four months in London and Paris last summer and it was great. I didn’t do much of anything, which is why it was so great, but I did start jogging and I read more and I got to know my camera a lot better. Ever since my Canadian return I’ve sworn that I would go back and I’ve been working hard over the last…

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Elsewhere and the Korg DS-10

Despite a desire to consolidate my web presence, I have gone off and spread myself even thinner by creating a new Tumblr at nerdmusic.tumblr.com. I had neglected to mention it here. There’s eight pages of it already, including some of these favourites: 16 Bit – Changing Minds; Dr. Mario: The Perfect Drugs; some brief reminiscing on the Gargoyles theme; and Nintendo DS concert, live performance (Electroplankton + KORG DS-10). The last of those is the most notable as I’ve been…

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DigiPen and I

No, I never did go to the DigiPen Institute of Technology, but I had considered it. I remember reading an article about the school back in the mid 1990s, not long after it opened, in either Nintendo Power or EGM. It was mind-blowing for me at the time: I can do post-secondary education at a school specifically doing game design on Nintendo hardware? Best of all, the school was located in Canada? Sign me up. I had thought about trying…

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My Year in Photos: The Second Half

Also known as: “The more photogenic half.” (Part One here.) Big pictures follow:

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