Archive for March, 2006

Photos of the new office

March 31, 2006

As promised, here are some pics from this week and last as we’re painting and getting our office ready to actually work there. Slava actually took these pictures, but thankfully misplaced his usb cables for his camera (probably somewhere in Europe) so I got to take the pictures off his camera and “misplace” some of the unflattering shots.


This picture makes me realize that people aren’t lying when they tell me I’m little.

Still half-painted.

The kitchen/conference room/place where we keep the beer.

Mark actually put in the carpet himself!

We’re so fancy

Congrats Jessi!

March 28, 2006

MTV Canada just went on the air in the past week and they named 7 new hosts for their flagship show MTV Live, one of which is a fellow Innis-ite Jessi Cruickshank. Way to go Jessi!

So here’s an idea

March 22, 2006

Check the side of the soap bottle before you pour it into the dishwasher. If it says “dish detergent” that’s a no-go. Even though it is to get your dishes clean. It has to say “dishwasher detergent” or you’ll end up running the damn thing 57 times before all the foam goes away. The upside is that my kitchen floor is really clean.

Good things come in small packages

March 22, 2006

I found this little gem of a site recently when checking out some design ideas for my new apartment. Though a 600 square foot apartment may seem enormous to me at the moment (in my university apartments, all my worldly belongings were jammed into a bedroom of about 100sq ft) it is small by most standards. They’re running a contest for the smallest and coolest apartment and there are some seriously fabulous entries, though this one is one of my favourites. Scroll down to the second pic. Kinda makes you realize that living in Chelsea may be incredibly cool, but involves making a few concessions to not go broke.

You can all be jealous now

March 20, 2006

Seriously, I’m not quite sure what I would do if I was working in a big corporation, wearing a suit, getting up at 5am, slaving away like a little cog in the big machine…oh wait, yes I do…I’d hate my life. Clearly working for a startup is where it’s at.

We spent Thursday and Friday of last week painting our new office (pics to follow). Yeah, that’s right, instead of programming all day we threw on our painting clothes and got dirty. It was awesome. Our office is now the colour of “calm air”. Or yellow. Also known as sunshine happy land. So for the next couple of weeks while Mark puts down the carpet and we wait for the furniture to be delivered we’ll all be working from home.

Le sigh. I love it.

For the love of sweet sweet internet

March 16, 2006

I finally have internet and cable installed in my apartment! Yaaaaaay!

So now that that’s done I’m actually going into work today. Except we’re not actually programming. We’re painting our new office! Jealous yet?

Working from home

March 15, 2006

I’ve been working from home since Monday and I’m feeling slightly disconnected because Rogers, being the oh-so-wonderful company that they are has yet to hook up my internet and cable, although I have to admit it’s not completely their fault because for some strange reason the cable connection is on the (locked) roof and there has to be some coordinating with my landlord to get up there, but I assure you Rogers is doing everything in their power to bullocks it up.

I’ve been trying to steal the wireless signal from some of my neighbours who so nicely have left their connections wide open, but unfortunately you get what you pay for and I can get approximately 3 page loads before the connection craps out.

So the only human contact I have is with the people that work at the Starbucks and the video store, where I visit at least once or twice a day. I’m nearly at the point where I’m going to shell out the $6 an hour that Starbucks charges for wireless just to be able to check more than one e-mail at a time and see an msn conversation through to completion.

However, the nice part about working from home is that I’m sitting on my couch right now, cuddled up in a blanket, drinking my latte with my computer in my lap, and when I stop working to have lunch I can take a quick nap after. Mmmmmmmmm, nap……

The girlie girl’s guide to living on your own

March 9, 2006

Although I lived away from home for the 4 years I was in university I was always surrounded by other people, living with 4 other girls. It always seemed as though there was someone else around to do something I couldn’t/didn’t want to (ok, mostly it was “didn’t want to”). So now living completely on my own I’m learning a lot about doing stuff without any help. Though there are quite a few “girl’s guide to…” books out there (including this one which is clearly on my shopping list) but none of them really include stuff important stuff like “how to not shrink your clothes so only babies can wear them.” So here are some things that I’ve learned in the past week or so:

1. The toilet will clean itself, just leave the cleaner in there for about a half hour then flush.

2. If you can’t find the blades for the utility knife you bought, get a screwdriver and open it up…they’re inside.

3. A multi-tool is priceless.

4. If you’re using a drill to hang anything, make sure it’s not set on reverse, this greatly hinders what you’re trying to accomplish.

5. CLR will clean every stain you don’t care about and never the ones you do. Totally not worth what you’ll pay for it.

6. Read the instructions.

7. The silence takes some getting used to but once you do it’s blissful.

Daily Dose of Imagery

March 6, 2006

If you live in Toronto and haven’t yet seen Sam Javanrouh’s Daily Dose of Imagery you’d better get over there and take a look. I can’t get enough of it recently, it makes me so happy to be living in this beautiful city again.

God I love this.

March 6, 2006

I love when Monday mornings start out like this. Found this article on my Google Desktop this morning from the Toronto Star about how the city of Toronto plans on making the entire city a wireless hotspot and it could start as early as September or October of this year.

Having had to compare rates for internet, cable and phone providers I quickly found out that telecommunications companies in Canada suck. Like hugely suck. I am soooooo tired of this stupid “system access fee” that serves no real purpose other than allowing companies to advertise a lower cellular package price. Rogers is now doing this not only on their cell service, but now also on their “home phone” service. My long distance provider is also jumping on the bandwagon. Bastards.

The worst part of this whole thing is that I have no other choice for a cable provider! I can’t install a satellite dish outside my building, so what else can I do? They’re coming to hook up my service tomorrow.

So now Rogers is all pissy about this announcement because previously they’ve had little competition for providing internet. All I have to say is that it’s about damn time.