GDC 2013!!!

It's been a while since my last post but much has happened in the last several months. I'll get to all of it very soon, but for now I am really excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in Read more

And I'm back!

I know I've said this before, but what a year! I meant to write a lot more these past several months, but Hitman: Absolution took every moment I had. Even when our newest little one, Livia, was born I only got a brief break before diving right back into Read more


More than anything, I just wanted a reason to post that image. So, I'm going to be making a couple of additions to the site. If you haven't noticed already, I have added an Animation page (you can click on it at the top). I'll be adding an updated demo Read more

a hell of a year...

Well, hello. It's been a while. 2011 has been one kick in the crotch after another and updating the blog always felt like the last thing I wanted to do at the end of the day. Not that things have gotten any better or easier, but I'm getting the urge Read more

a pox on our house...

(artist rendering) So I have come down with the chicken pox. It sucks. Along with the Norwalk of '06 and the Rotavirus of '08, this falls in my top three worst sicknesses. I wish I could say the time off from work has been relaxing, but it has been a sweaty, Read more

swans, ducks, and hooligans…

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We had big plans this weekend but they just didn’t turn out as planned. Emma decided to get an ear infection Friday night so we were all up until about 3am trying to get her to relax enough to sleep. She woke up Saturday morning with a fever and some goop coming out of her right ear. I had to take her across town to a clinic in Frederiksberg where the nice doctor gave us some antibiotics to try to prevent the other ear from getting worse too.
We had arranged for a sitter to come Saturday night so Leigh and I could have a night out by ourselves but we figured Emma wouldn’t want to be left in her condition. When we told Emma that we were going to cancel the sitter she got really upset (she was looking forward to meeting her all week) so we decided not to cancel and hope for the best.
We had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called Huks Fluks near the center of town. Most people eat out quite late, so we actually had the entire restaurant to ourselves which was perfect. We sat at a table near the fireplace and had a nice quiet dinner together. We had planned to go for drinks at a wine bar nearby after, but with the lack of sleep from the previous night, I was wiped and Leigh was starting to get a headache. So, we decided to call it a night and head home.
The weather on Sunday was overcast but a little warmer so we took the kids to one of the lakes just a few blocks away to check out the birds and go for a walk. They had a good time even though Emma didn’t have too much energy.



We were on our way to the 7-11 to get a treat for the kids when I turned to look back where we came from and saw what looked like a riot happening in the street. There was a thick black plume of smoke rising up, police everywhere, and a crowd of people all wearing black shirts or coats.


Turns out the local football team, FC København, had just finished a game and all the fans were pouring onto the street (we’re near the city’s stadium, which I always forget). My first glimpse of euro soccer hooligans!
Other than that, our weekend was pretty uneventful. Hopefully we can make up for it next weekend.

ride with me to work…

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The weather has been sunny most of this week. Cold, but sunny. Today I decided to take my camera with me on my ride to work and record the trip. Let’s go!

Here’s the foyer of our apartment where I’m putting on my earphones, toque, and gloves. Just because it’s cold out, doesn’t mean you can’t rock.


Turn right out the front door and head down Øsbanegade toward Oslo Plads…


Bike traffic!


Then we ride past the Nyboder houses (army housing built in 1757).


Ad now we’re heading down Store Kongensgade…


…which leads us to Kongens Nytorv. Lots of road work going on lately so not much to shoot pictures of. Here’s a hole in the road in front of the Magasin department store…


A little further along, our first glimpse of the canal…


And across the street, this building…


And across the street again, the Børsen which was built in 1640 and is one of the most detailed buildings I’ve seen here yet. It’s hard to make out in this picture, but the spiral tower is made from four dragons tails and all over the building are sculptures of people. You could spend a whole day just looking at this one building.


Take a right at the end of the street and we’re at the harbour!


Enough of this old architecture, here is some modern…


Over the canal again…


I’ll take a little detour from my usual route and ride down the edge of the harbour…


Almost there…


And here we are!


The whole ride takes me about 15 minutes when I’m not trying to take pictures. Here is the route I take (well, not exactly, but google maps won’t let you go the wrong way down a one-way street. Which I tend to do a lot)

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an addition to the family…

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This last weekend we finally got rid of the last thing we owned in Canada; our beloved mini van. One day before the insurance ran out no less!

Leigh is going to miss it a lot, but the wind in her face will dry her tears as she got herself a new bike with some of the proceeds. It’s a lovely bright red Velorbis Dannebrog.


It’s a pretty nice bike and it looks great in the corner of our living room. Plus, Leigh now enjoys riding around a lot more, which will be great when the weather gets a little better.

a little on the Swede side…

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Sunday we were again jolted from our winter hibernation by that giant flaming orb in the sky. Why not take a trip to Sweden? We got ourselves ready and hopped on a train to Malmö!

Here we are waiting for the train to arrive…


It’s about a 45 minute ride from the train station in front of our house to downtown Malmö. You also get to take a ride over the massive Øresund Bridge which is pretty cool.


Malmö was part of Denmark until the 17th century so a lot of the architecture is quite similar to Copenhagen. Swedish is also very similar to Danish except for how the different people pronounce it. Danes are very monotone while the Swedes are a lot more animated in their intonation. Lucky for us, everyone spoke perfect English and I didn’t have to use one of the handful of words I barely know how to pronounce.

As we were heading into the town center from the train station, we passed a theatre with some funny little animated puppets in the window. I thought this little dancer was rather fetching…


Nice parking job!


There was a lot of interesting public art throughout the town. Here’s Emma demonstrating one of the uses for a bunny sculpture…


We popped into some really cool furniture and design shops (which were open on a Sunday! YAY!). Evan was digging this chair…


After picking up some cheap finds (the Swedish Krona is worth about 30% less than the Danish Kroner) we took a break in one of the squares near a fountain. Yay for Malmö!


We grabbed an early dinner and started heading back to the train station. Noticing that one of the larger churches had it’s doors still open (and completely forgetting that it was a Sunday, duh) we popped our heads in to find a packed house listening to a choir singing hymns. Knowing full well what damage our two little hellions could do in a place like that, we just let them look and listen from the door before continuing on our way. It was really amazing to see and hear than in a church that was probably close to 400 years old.

Malmö was really nice and we will definitely head back there soon.


underwear and a stiff breeze…

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We awoke early Saturday morning to some bright light shining in through our windows and groggily stumbled out of bed, rubbing our eyes, to see what was going on. It turned out to be the sun of all things. The sun! On top of that, most of the snow we’ve been hanging on to for the last couple of months was just about completely melted so we were left with no excuses to stay at home.

Of course, by the time we all got ready, the normal cloud cover had found its way back and a slight drizzle had started. By this time we had gathered too much momentum and were heading out regardless of the weather. Here we go!


Heading towards Kongens Nytorv. Wide open bike lane! Traffic is for suckers! The rain had stopped by this point and was replaced with a pretty strong wind. We decided to head over to the shopping district to pick up some new undies for Evan. Don’t act like you didn’t need to know that.


Here we are out the back of H&M, just off Strøget, where we were successful in our quest for big boy panties!

Leigh was in a shopping mood (gasp! shock!) so we hit a few more stores until the kids had enough.


On our way home, we stopped at an old playground next to an even older church. Here’s Leigh trying not to get blown over by the wind…


…and with Evan doing his usual pose for the camera. It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, that kid will never wear gloves or a hat.


It was a fun day and we managed to not spend too much money. We did end up with some pretty sweet Cars underwear, though.

chocolate snowballs…

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Nobody picks up after their dog here and it’s really disgusting. Poopies everywhere. Someone left a big one on the sidewalk right in front of the door to our building the other day. I had to pick it up or else the kids would have surely stepped in it. Given this information, you can imagine what the dog park looks like. When we had all the snow on the ground it made them stand out a little more and people seemed to be doing an OK job of cleaning up. Now that we’ve had a few mild days, the snow is almost gone and so is the courtesy. Someone, obviously as annoyed by it as me, put up a sign that said “STOP! Fjern din hunds affald” on the gate to the dog run which means “STOP! Remove your dogs waste”. I guess people here are passionate about setting the poopies free because the sign was torn off within a day.I should also add that there is even a little stand there with free poopy bags so there should be no excuse!

Maybe I need to bring some vigilante justice to this neighborhood. Flaming poo bags!