Videogame producer living in Montreal. Dog person, politics junkie, runner, frustrated artist.
travel

newcastle (and elsewhere) briefs

Things have definitely been fast and furiously paced in the last little while, a tempo I’m glad to find myself still very comfortable with. In addition to working intensely and enjoyably on the game, quite a few fun personal events have taken place. Pikoti’s five-year-old son came to stay with us for a few days...

simpler times

This weekend was about nesting, making my new apartment almost as functional as home. I discovered how complicated and labor-intensive simple tasks can become in an unknown city, where everything shuts early, taxis have to be called and I don’t have access to a Communauto. Sometimes it feels like I’m back to pre-industrial times. Tasks...

keep calm and carry on

I was wondering how people here would react to England’s elimination. Found people in the pub strangely philosophical about the whole thing, kept saying they didn’t deserve to win. Dr Wank says: “That’s the brits for you: Keep Calm and Carry On (i.e., unless you’re actually AT a football game, in which case freak out...

oh yeah… a bit of news

So I’ve moved to Newcastle in the UK for a few months, to work on this with them. It all happened quite quickly… so here I am and after 3 days pretty much offline I’m like a very relieved addict getting a fix. Even doing a blog post. Newcastle looks like an old town that’s...

typically canadian

When I went to Indonesia in 1996, I remember seeing an ornate “window” in a hostel, which was essentially a nicely-shaped hole right in the concrete wall, with no glass or screen. I saw this and had the thought, “but what do they do in wint-? oh… right”. It’s those little things that make you...

il vaticano

Got to St. Peter’s in the early morning, and without waiting, made it into the grandest church in Italy. It was spectacular simply by virtue of its the sheer size. I’ve seen big churches with little chapels off to the side, this had big churches off to the side. After exploring the tombs of countless...

bacchus smiles on me

Today was marble day. The house of Octavian (emperor Augustus), the Senate, the Vestal virgin houses, the Colosseum (frankly overhyped), and countless arches and temples. The Romans had lots of gods, and Octavian had an impressive hippodrome adjoining his house (but no Wi-Fi). Lunched at a trattoria, apprehensively watching a ray of sun the width...

sun

Spent the day canvassing the “historical district” (as opposed to what?) on foot, and baking in the heat. I find it interesting that historical accounts of Rome tell the story of Romulus and Remus with as much seriousness as they do of the Emperors and Popes that came afterwards. The twins, descendants of Gods and...

rome day 1

A direct flight has its advantages, but it really doesn’t make you feel like you’ve travelled at all. Slept deeply through the night flight then was in my hotel, seemingly in minutes. My mind knew this was Rome but I didn’t feel the journey in my bones. It felt more like I’d taken a bus...

four films i saw on planes this week, in decreasing order of preference

The Duchess True-story period drama that actually managed to change my level of appreciation of Keira Knightley from white-hot hatred to tolerance bordering on admiration. Eagle Eye Brain-turned-off action flick where poor bastard Shia Labeouf has to follow instructions from mysterious female voice on phone or everyone dies. Great bullshit computer interfaces throughout. Very stupid,...

in the news today…

The people of Greenland pass a referendum regarding greater autonomy from Denmark. Here’s a crappy picture I took of Greenland on the way back from Scotland last September. There’s people there?

the smell of progress

Two weeks ago, upon arriving in Stockholm, I went for a walk, and within a very short time smelled something I hadn’t in a long time… The smell of Lepage, the glue our teachers insisted we use in primary school. It brought back memories, not of grade school, but of waiting for the bus in...
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