Where to next?

...Zoe & I took the opportunity to try some new baroque violins in Berkeley just for fun. We spent about 3 hours playing various instruments and bows, eventually purchasing a new baroque replica bow to satisfy some of the early-mid 18th century repertoire.......Read More...

I love living in the future!

...birthdays for us are often little more than (another) excuse to eat something exotically different or conversely eat ludicrously massive amounts of something we mung on all the time......Read More...

Dallas TX, New York City NY & Siggraph in LA

...jeans & sandals, listening to french baroque opera, perhaps holding glances a little too long ... just want to get to where I'm going.....Read More...

Italia, Destructo V.2 & travel whims

...Angelini (my favouritest new friend at the local consulate) obviously got fed up with my random appearance at her desk bearing faxes, photocopies, photos, cash and some very poor Italian pronunciation....Read More...

Santa Monica, Los Angeles

... that's like playing in the Super Bowl of computer graphics. Awesome! And so I'll head to Los Angeles in August, this time as the company's official geek ambassador (or should that be mascot?) with the intent of consuming so much new math that my head expands at least half a size ... time to buy some new hats .. perhaps elastic hats would be best...Read More...

Mozart & Merlot .... & PSP

... rechargeable, waterproof &/or WiFi. What magical device exhibits these 3 attributes? ... well, an internet surfboard would be a good example ... but quite frankly it's a bit too bulky to draw my interest and seeing as I don't know how to surf (yet) I'd probably just end up hefting it down to starbucks to find a wireless hotspot ....Read More...

Caribbean adventures

... From memory, I think the first week went something like this .... lobster, lobster, kingfish, snapper, yellowtail, shrimp, lobster (in my tummy that is)!....Read More...

Skating, Skiing, Scuba

... carving the surface with the blade perpendicular to the direction of travel. Last time I tried this, I ended up on my face so instead Zoe & I opted to wash off the "extreme speed" by turning in progressively tighter spirals until we finally ground to a halt, inevitably mimicking a (very) lame attempt at a figure skater's pirouette.....Read More...

White Christmas & black diamonds

... I donated more than my fair share of ass-time to the resort, carefully shaping the slopes with my buttocks as I careened toward safety barriers and snow-laden conifers, though we did finish the weekend stylishly and at a heartracing pace, nailing the double-black-diamond runs before climbing back into the comfy car ...Read More...

San Francisco, Fall and Toronto menus

... Inspired by our favourite patisserie just up the road on Queen St, where all manner of devilish sweety cakey goodness can be admired, studied, coveted, hunted and finally consumed with a damn good latte or espresso over a relaxed people-watching stint in the heart of the boho fashion/furniture district. ...Read More...

Birthdays, halloween and "cottage country"

... I'd resigned myself to simply throw stuff ... probably candy ... out the window at people who'd made the effort to dress up. It's quite an institution here in North America & very impressive to see so many (otherwise completely respectable) people walking to work dressed as hellboy. Just kidding Bryan! ...Read More...

DestructoBugs, guests & guitars

...Recon complete, intelligence gathered, the heist planned, we vowed to return! Last weekend we set out for a casual afternoon walk, and after erratically darting off the sidewalk under the cover of said foliage we returned home with six kidnapped ladybugs concealed in spent sushi tubs, conspicuously protruding from our clothing...Read More...

Camping, Siggraph & Shakespeare

...shortly after departure it was realized that each member of our party had been endowed with a unique camping superpower. John had a tieing-things-to-the-car superpower, Zoe had the lighting-fires superpower ..... Linda's was pancakes!...Read More...

CBOT, jazz, curry & "the beaches"

...the little chamber orchestra that consumes our Sunday evenings providing (in addition to musical sanity) a wonderful excuse to meet some new friends, discover other parts of Toronto & most importantly, eat lots of new Korean cuisine on Bloor St. We're playing bits of Corelli, Purcell and Vivaldi (bassoon concerto with a brilliant soloist) all-round terribly gratifying musical indulgence...Read More...

A remote Bordeaux experience + Rochester

... a day in Rochester, NY with some of the world's leading colour-science academics, discussing the latest advances in colour appearance models & whether my own theories in the field hold up against the current understanding of cognitive perception as it relates to moving colour images. Wow, what a geek am I!...Read More...

Angeles, Lamborghinis, garlic+snails

... "Nice wheels!", the valet notes with a grin, eyes wide, jaw to the ground. I shoot back a casual nod & knowing smile, then proceed to fumble my way around the unfamiliar door controls, nearly decapitating myself & oh-so-casually assuming the "tall guy, crouched uncomfortably in a very low sports car" pose....Read More...

Salmon, goat's cheese & the rise of the herbs

... What alluring power the sorcerer (luthier) commands. To conjure the divine from earthly ingredients, scrapings of ancient wood, the ground root of madda, glue boiled from the knees of animals, intestines of sheep, the hair from a horse's tail and the (recycled) tooth of an elephant.....Read More...

Spring, Sun, bikes, .....

... the changes evident over the space of a week, and there's no lack of appreciation from the locals. Dogs, students & buff frisbee-throwing chaps without shirts all keen to bust out of their winter hovels & soak up the sun on a +16°C day....Read More...

Niagara, Inniskillin & the east side

... the grapes are left late on the vine to concentrate their sugar reserves until well into the cold season & the crop is risked such that should the microclimate of the vineyard decree a subzero evening, the grapes may be rapidly harvested whilst still frozen & crushed in that state, extracting the sweetest of concentrated nectars which once mature (& sufficiently potent) are served chilled......Read More...

Dedicated Ingestion Labs

... the street fashion has departed from a state where everyone despite their best (expensive) efforts, inadvertently ends up looking like the michelin man. Still, we're told once the temp breaks +10°C, fashion takes on it's summer guise & its shorts & tshirt weather (til next winter at least).....Read More...

Cream helps bad coffee taste "less bad"

... a day of renderfarm optimization at work while Z cruised on to Krispy Kreme doughnuts to make good on a previous threat Winking before picking up two tickets to see Jeff Mills spin some solid Detroit beats later that eve......Read More...

Lovin' this city

... let yourself in & simply wander down to the basement whereupon you've free reign of the ensuing tunnel system. Precisely where you emerge, is a combination of your careful planning & familiarity of the underground geography, or your inner-lemming instinct to follow a large crowd - some majority of whom appear to know where they're going......Read More...

Skiing Blue Mountain

... It was truly wonderful to catch up with Frank, venture over to Pacific Mall for some pov Congee, & retire back to the loft to philosophize about transcontinental travel muted circadian rhythms, the subtleties of digitizing non verbal communication & just how I managed to land in this city without a baroque violin......Read More...

More Food

... Which means, along with Korea-town and its fantastic 'walnut cakes' (you'll just have to visit us and see), Vietnamese and Thai and Lao on the fringes of Chinatown, Little Italy, which we haven't properly explored, along with Greektown......Read More...

Glorious Electromagnetic Radiation

... The sum total of our material existence here in Canada is still crammed into 3 tiny FedEx boxes, bouncing along the road somewhere in the back of a truck......Read More...

First Days in Toronto

... We've now spent our 1st week in Canada after a total of 12 hours delayed flights (taking our transit time from door-to-door around 40 hours), walking lots & generally sussing the various areas downtown to get a feel for what amenities to expect & where the best place would be to live.......Read More...