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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

stuff...


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

time flies…

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Yikes! I’ve been a lazy monkey this last week with posting. Let’s get caught up shall we?

Last Friday was the Queen’s 70th birthday. It’s usually quite a big deal around here, but for an important one like 70, it’s even bigger. We let Emma stay home from school so Leigh could take her to the Queen’s house for the festivities. Thousands and thousands of people gathered for noon when all of the royal family comes out to wave at everyone. From the sounds of it, the kids had a great time.

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On Saturday, there was a Japanese festival not too far from our place. It was crazy windy and a little chilly, but the chance to see some danish cosplay and a karate demonstration was enough to brave it. Not as much to see and do as I had hoped, but the turnout was impressive and so were the costumes. Here’s Emma trying to enjoy some edamame in 70k winds…

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I wish I got some pics of the costumes but I just wasn’t in photo-mode. I did pick up a box of Pocky though!

Sunday morning we went and had brunch at a local restaurant called the Custom House (the same place we had dinner with Matt the week before). A little pricey for breakfast, but it was really good and the kids got to eat for free.

Here’s Emma combing her hair with her ‘dinglehopper’. (Disney fans will get that)

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Two dudes and some grapes…

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After brunch, we headed off to Dyrehaven. We decided not to take our bikes and instead hire one of the many horse-drawn carriages parked by the front gate. We got a nice tour through part of the park and got dropped off at Bakken, the oldest existing amusement park in the world. The kids went on a couple of rides including this sketchy boat-like one.

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We had a nice walk back through the park to get to the train station. Still lots of leaves left over from winter…

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farvel…

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The night of the 10th (Matt’s last night before returning home) we arranged for a babysitter and hit the town. Matt wanted to take us out for dinner so we ended up at the Custom House where we all ordered the same thing, rib eye steak with bernaise sauce and pomme frites (french fries). We also polished off two bottles of wine during dinner, and so were feeling pretty good when we jumped back on our bikes to check out the last place on our list of things to show Matt before he left: Christiania.

There were a lot of people there that night, but it all still seemed pretty mellow. We didn’t stay too long before heading back into town to find a new place to grab a few drinks. We ended up at a bar called Peder Oxe where Matt and I had a couple beer and Leigh had the most expensive margarita known to man. It even had a sparkly streamer coming out of the top (I think the bartender did it just so I could feel especially macho carrying it back from the bar). Matt had an early flight (7:45am!) so we headed home at around midnight.

I got up early Sunday morning to take Matt to the airport and was still feeling a little tipsy. The sun wasn’t even out yet and it made for a rough trip. I was feeling much better by the time we made it there, though, and Matt managed to get checked in with no problems. We said our good-byes (or rather, see-ya-laters) and I began my journey home to bed.

I have to admit, while I have missed some aspects of home (friends, family, cadbury cream eggs), I had never really felt homesick until I was walking out of the airport to the train station. Part of me really wanted to be jumping on that plane headed for Vancouver.

By the time I got home, the sun was just starting to come up. Luckily, nobody was awake yet at home and I was able to sneak back into bed and get a few more hours sleep before the terrible two woke up.

It was awesome having Matt here for the week and I think he had a good time. He sure got a face full of family life as the kids were super excited to have someone new to hang out with. They stormed into his room Sunday morning and were pretty upset to find an empty bed . Hopefully we’ll see him again out this way soon. Maybe he can convince some of the other guys to join him next time?


facial hair and textile accessories…

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When coming to Denmark, one is immediately faced with a noticeable abundance of two things; mustaches and scarves. So to celebrate this, on Matt’s last day here, we decided to shave ourselves a couple of mustaches (I know, they’re pretty sad) and throw on some scarves. But, just sitting around the apartment this way is a waste of a perfectly excellent mustache-scarf combo so we decided to take them out for a walk.

Our destination? Dyrehaven! Or, in English, The Deer Garden! Just north of us is an 11km square park with old growth trees and thousands of deer as well as a bunch of trails for bike riding, horseback riding, walking, and plenty of room for facial hair exhibitionism. We hopped on the next train along with our bikes and headed north.

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As you can see, much of the area is still rather bleak from winter. Plants are just now catching their breath and starting to bloom. Even still, the place was beautiful and there were plenty of people having picnics, jogging, and taking in the lovely facial hair…err, I mean weather.

The kids managed to climb their very first tree!

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And here’s Matt and his mustache in a giant old tree (oak, I think? Brook?)…

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I know what you’re wondering. Yes, there were a few tears shed by the locals at the proximity of that much scarf to that much mustachio-ness. But a most wondrous side effect is that the local wild life was also drawn to their glory.

Hard to tell in the small version of this pic, but if you click it to see the larger version, you can see an entire herd of dear in awe of what stood before them that day. (so much so, that they needed to sit down)

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A truly magnificent day was had by all.


super tourist deluxe…

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I’m going to post a few new entries today in an effort to catch up. First, I need to finish up the week of Matt’s visit.

On Wednesday the 7th, we decided to do one of the more touristy activities in town: the canal boat tour. I had been told by a few locals that it was a pretty good way to check out some areas of the city and at only 60 kroner each (actually one of the more expensive tours) we decided it was a good way to spend a couple of hours. Evan got a special pirate pack that included a telescope which he didn’t let go of the whole day.

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Though a little windy and chilly at times, it was definitely an interesting ride. We toured around the opera house then in and out of all the canals in the city.

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During the tour, we stopped in front of the Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Savior’s Church). The tour guide mentioned that you can climb all the way to the top of the tower from the inside. I see this church all the time and never knew the spiral at the top was a stairway. I guess during the winter months they keep it closed (for reasons we would later find obvious) so I never saw people climbing it. But today we could see several people scaling the golden tower and decided to check it out.

Here’s Evan out front…

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Unfortunately, it was right around this time that the battery in my camera decided to die on me so I didn’t get any pictures of the inside of the church which just happened to be one of the more impressive ones I have seen. The organ alone was enough to stop you in your tracks. So after wandering around in the main hall, we decided to take on the tower. For most of the climb, you have to negotiate the interior of the church’s attic complete with beams and rafters and extremely steep and narrow stairs. After a while, you finally emerge outside on a narrow platform. The contrast of being in a claustrophobic stairway to standing on a windy ledge high above the city is a jarring one and took us all a few seconds to adjust to. Luckily I was able to squeeze off a few more photos before my battery decided to pack it in for good that day.

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The last part of the climb is a spiral staircase on the outside of the tower. A handful of fearful tourists got a lesson in bravery as Evan stormed his way up to the top, practically shoving them out of his way. Here’s Leigh with a death grip on the railing…

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…and Matt taking some photos…

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We got some great shots of the city from up there and it will be a must see for anyone else who comes to visit.


night moves…

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On my way to work for the graveyard shift tonight. Helping direct an audio recording session taking place in LA.

Wouldn’t be so bad if I still didn’t have to get up early to take Emma to school. Oh well, at least I have a fresh thermos of coffee.


art is where you find it…

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On Monday, we decided to dive right into tourist mode and head to the Statens Museum for Kunst, which is one of the larger art museums in Copenhagen. We had full intentions of looking at all the art with the kids, but once they got into the kids art workshop there, we never left. Matt had to check out the whole thing solo as we tended to our budding artists.

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I’m going to try posting larger versions of pictures for a while as a lot of people were trying to print the ones I have been posting. Until now, I have been keeping them only big enough to fit in the blog to speed up load times but they were not fit to print. Clicking on them will take you to the larger version (only large enough for around a 4X6. If you want larger just let me know)