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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

that old familiar feeling…

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I thought I wouldn’t have to deal with it for a while, but it happened today and it sucked just as much as it always has. Lay-offs. At least with this company I didn’t have to hear that bullshit corpo-talk today. Nobody mentioned ‘right-sizing’ or anything else along those lines.

It was interesting to see the way everyone reacted to it. Most people in the company have never been through a good old fashioned game industry style house cleaning before, so it hit people pretty hard. I have seen so many of these in the last decade, but they never really get any easier. At least in Denmark, the system will cushion their fall far better than just about anywhere else. Also, where else can you think of that helps you find another job after you’ve been fired?


feels like home…

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Much warmer this weekend (almost 10 degrees!) but with it came the rain. We stayed indoors for the most part and did a lot of cooking. Emma made dinner on Saturday and Evan helped make dinner on Sunday…

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Not the best photo, but the only one that didn’t have him making a goofy face.

We managed to get out for a bike ride on Sunday during a break in the weather, but soon decided to come home and make Easter cupcakes instead of fight the crazy wind. I would post pictures of them, but by the time I remembered to get the camera they had all disappeared.


bike gangs of Copenhagen…

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Now that the weather is getting nicer, they are out in full force. If you’re not careful they will roll you for your ice cream money.


getting warmer…

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The cold is finally easing up and it looks like spring is finally here! We’re hovering above zero degrees most of the time and the flowers are starting to pop up.

Come on summer!


two wheels too many…

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I’m not in a writing mood tonight, and there are a few things to talk about from this weekend which I will get to in the next day or so. One important thing happened today though, and I had to post videos of it before I went to bed.

After a few wobbly attempts, Emma had her first ride without training wheels today! She has been making practice runs in the living room all week and was itching to try it on a longer stretch of pavement. Here is her first really good run across the bridge near our place. At the end of the video you can see Evan show her how it’s done while wearing his Toy Story light-up cowboy boots he won’t leave home without.

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About ten minutes later, here she is doing donuts near the harbour…

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Stoked!!


some things I miss about Canada (and some things I don’t!)…

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Leigh was skyping with her mom the other night, telling her all the things she wanted her to send from back home that was either forgotten or needed. This got me to thinking about things that I miss about home. Here’s a list in no particular order:

Grocery Stores…

I miss Save On Foods and Superstore. Actually, it’s not the stores I miss, but their selection. Most grocery stores here are about the size of a corner store back home and have little selection. The quality of everything here is really high, but I miss finding everything under one roof. Here you are required to go to a few places to get all the stuff you need. Also, they were open late, which leads me to…

Store Hours…

Everything here closes really early by our standards. Grocery stores are open until 8pm at the latest during weekdays and  MAYBE until five on Saturdays. Want to shop on Sunday? Good luck, as the only places open are the expensive and really small ‘mini’ versions of the main stores. It’s really not that bad I guess. It’s just that we are so used to shopping in the evenings and we just need to get it done in the morning instead.

My washer and dryer…

We have a combo washer/dryer unit in our apartment and it takes forever to complete a load and even then, the clothes are still a little wet. Hot, but wet. Leigh already hated doing laundry so this isn’t making it any better.

Service…

Don’t get me wrong, Danes will help you out if you ask for it, but you will not have someone ask if they can ‘help you find anything’ in a clothing store. Want to find your waitress to order another beer? She may pop by with the bill in a while, but other than that, you might want to go get it yourself. Serving staff are paid well and don’t work for tips here, so they are not really going out of their way to make you feel welcome. Grocery stores are the worst. Most cashiers look like they’d rather be having a root canal than scan in your produce.

Drugs…

I still haven’t received a satisfactory answer to this, but over the counter drugs just don’t exist here. Tylenol? What’s that? You can buy something called Panodil here, which is the brand name for paracetemol. I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I hear it’s not nearly as strong as the stuff we are used to back home. Luckily we brought a decent amount of Excedrin, Tylenol, Advil, and Children’s versions of each. We really burned through our stash this last couple of months with everyone being so sick, though.

Our Family and Friends…

This has been one of the more difficult things to leave behind. You don’t realize how much you take for granted when everyone is just a short drive away. Leigh has been dealing with this better than expected. Aside from the occasional realization and slight meltdown, I would give her an A for effort. The kids have been doing well for the most part. Every once in a while they will see or think of something that reminds them of home and get a little bummed out. Being able to Skype with everyone has helped a lot, but let’s face it, we didn’t get an apartment with an extra room so we could park our bikes in it. (hint, hint)

To keep this fair and balanced, here are some things I don’t miss about Canada:

My car…

I loved my car, but there hasn’t really been a time yet that I felt like I needed it here. I sure as hell don’t miss my commute. Speaking of cars…

Mustangs, Hummers, and 300′s…

…or the people that drive them. I did see a Hummer once a while back, but it must have been the only one in the country.

Mortgages and Debt…

We sold the house, paid off all the credit, sold the cars, canceled the phone, internet, sattelite TV, Hydro, Gas…everything! Now all we really have to worry about is rent and food.

Lack of Time…

My weekends back home were crammed with so much stuff that it felt like a break to head back to work on a Monday morning. Now our weekends are free to do whatever we want and I get to spend so much more time with Leigh and the kids. Even just the hour or more every day I get back from not having to commute has added years to my life.

…I’m sure I will think of more but for now, these are the main ones that come to mind.