Thursday 03 October 2013

Wish List

Wow, it’s already October! This means my birthday will be coming up soon, and Christmas isn’t too far away either.

I just set up a wish list on Wishlistr to try to keep track of some of the things I would love to receive, or even just to buy myself eventually.

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Brief Update

Wow, just realised how long ago I actually posted anything here. Since my last update Google Reader has been shut down, and FeedBurner is probably on the chopping block next. I guess I’ll have to find a new way to add items to my Shared blog; if I even want to keep it going – and also revert to using a direct feed from my site instead of relying on a Google service that may not survive forever.

In other news, I had my cell phone stolen last week. This is a huge nuisance and highly upsetting. I have had to change so many passwords, and there are still more services I don’t even remember having loaded on my phone that need their passwords changed. UGH! I had everything set up just the way I wanted it… and stupidly hadn’t backed up in 2 months. Now I need to get a new iPhone and will lose the ability to jailbreak it again. :sadface:

Hopefully there’ll be one released for iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 when iOS 7 gets released, or even one for 7 itself. I need my jailbreak! The phone just doesn’t feel like it’s my property without it. Too restricted. Also sucks not being able to use Cydia apps I actually paid for.

Monday 25 June 2012

Shared Items Blog

When Google Reader removed the old Share option in favour of using Google+ instead, I started using IFTTT (If This Then That) to automatically post anything I tag with the word “shared” to a separate WordPress blog on my site. After I had managed to turn on WordPress’s MultiSite option of course.

I also imported my old shared items into the same blog using some PHP trickery and the JSON file of my shared items from Reader, so the articles I had shared in the past would all be in one place.

I started off using a random theme for my shared items blog, called Fiver. It was pretty basic and bare. I wasn’t happy with it though. Which is why I spent a few hours over the weekend, and today, putting together a sort of mashup – between Fiver and my regular blog’s theme. I’m pretty happy with the results, I still might tweak it a bit more here and there.

Why not check out my new Shared Items blog, and see the new theme for yourself.

Saturday 25 February 2012

Impressed With WordPress

I just realised that I never posted about my migration from Movable Type to WordPress after my previous entry about considering doing so.

Over the course of a few months at the end of 2011 I started the migration process. I set up a temporary test server, installed WordPress, imported all my old entries and comments from MT, and started the arduous task of editing my theme into the WordPress format. Really that was the most time-consuming part, everything else went smoothly. I also had to make sure all my permalinks stayed the same so that incoming links wouldn’t get broken.

I can’t remember now when I actually put the WordPress version of my site live, but I think it was before Christmas. Other than the comments now being powered by IntenseDebate, the site should look exactly the same now as it did on Movable Type with the added bonus of actually working!

I should’ve migrated years ago.

Updates

It’s been a while since I last posted anything substantial. So here are some updates as to what’s happened since my last post in October.

As I posted before, I got issued a Social Insurance Number. Still haven’t received the plastic card, so I have to call someone about that! I was also issued an Ontario Health Card so I can get basic medical treatment for free, instead of paying through the nose just to see a doctor for 5 minutes.

I got my old job at McDonald’s back, still working the overnight shift – mostly full-time.

I had the brake discs and pads on my Lexus replaced last month. For a while I’d been feeling a vibration in the brake pedal, which I had attributed to a warped rotor. My pads were also pretty worn. I wasn’t happy with how long the pads fitted at Canadian Tire had lasted so I ordered Centric discs and Akebono pads from Tirerack.com where they were almost half the price of what I’d be paying in Canada. I also ordered some ATE Super Blue Brake Fluid so that my brake lines could be flushed out and the fluid replaced with something excellent quality. Bri and I went across the border to the USA to pick them up instead of getting them shipped here. Much cheaper that way.

While in the USA picking up the brakes, we visited our friend Mimi and her 2 kids Josh and Ashlee. Bri and I took down a suitcase full of clothes for them that had been donated by our friends. Mimi, Josh and Ashlee were over the moon with what we delivered to them. They’d had to leave a lot of their belongings behind in Mexico so didn’t have many clothes with them in the US.

We finally replaced the broken seatbelt. They are not cheap! My wife can now sit in the front passenger seat again, instead of being relegated to the back. I no longer feel like a chauffeur.

Since Valentine’s Day was the day of our friend Katz’s benefit concert at Call The Office, I took my lovely wife out to dinner on the 17th. We went to Spageddy Eddy’s, and ate a ridiculous amount of pasta. Absolutely worth going to.

Afterwards we went to see Kittie at the London Music Hall. I had bought the tickets a few weeks before, but kept it a total secret. I let Bri know where we were going on Friday morning and she was ecstatic. She’s like the band for years – and is actually related to one of the band members!

Thanks to Google deciding to remove the Share feature from Google Reader, I’ve set up a separate blog that I’ve imported all my old shared items to and is updated with new articles I want to share/save.

Bad news now… Bri’s grandmother passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday 18th February. You can read her obituary at London Cremation Services.

She was a wonderful lady, and suffered greatly in the past year or so with illness. She is now at peace. Her ashes were interred yesterday. The day had started out rainy, but almost as soon as the minister started the reading, it stopped and the sun came out for a few minutes… and went away again when all was done. A sign? Maybe.

Welp, that’s enough typing for now.

Tuesday 07 February 2012

Source for Sports sign on Wharncliffe

This is in reference to: Progress Rail closing London plant – Caterpillar owns Progress Rail.

Sunday 02 October 2011

Permanent Resident

I am now officially a Permanent Resident of Canada.

I “landed” on Friday with my wife at Sarnia, after taking a short trip to Michigan to do some shopping.

I had been incredibly nervous about the whole thing, but it was completely painless. Took no more than 15 minutes.

My PR Confirmation form was completed and stapled into my passport, and my Goods to Follow lists were stamped. I’m now free to import the rest of my belongings – I’ll finally be able to have my computer back! I’ve missed it so much. Using a netbook for the past 2 years has slowly been driving me insane.

Now I have to apply for a Social Insurance Number and an Ontario Health Card. I’ve already filled out the SIN application so I’m ready to walk into the Service Canada office next week. Then I’ll go to Service Ontario in Lambeth to get the application form I need for a health card.

Won’t be long until I have a job again either. I’ve been out of work for over a year, and I can’t wait to get back into employment.

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