New Family Photos, Includes ‘Baby Abe’!

22 July, 2015 Kids, Photo Gallery, Photos No comments , , , ,

Added here.

Huck’s First Model Rocket

16 May, 2015 Kids, Making Stuff, Video No comments , , ,

To change things up from video games and plastic toys I picked up a rocket kit to build with Huck.

I settled on the Estes 1469 Tandem-X set.

We got the ‘Amazon’ (easy to assemble skill level) put together in less than an hour. The other rocket is skill level 1, and a bit trickier to build (glue is currently drying).

We’re hoping it will blow down over night. :(

Here’s a launch with the same kit (they used a bigger C engine where we used a B) :

Holiday Horror Movie Round Up

3 January, 2015 Horror Movie Reviews No comments

Over the Christmas and New Years break, I got to chance to stay up late and catch up on some movies in my ‘to watch’ list. Here’s a quick rundown:

V/H/S 2 & V/H/S Viral

I liked the original for its cheesy horror anthology appeal — nothing too heady, and mixed bag of short scary stories. The follow ups are definitely not better, but worth watching if you a fan of the original. 3/5.

Sinister

On Halloween a coworker asked me what horror movie to watch this year if that was the only day of the year his girlfriend would watch such a movie. My pick was a toss-up between ‘Insidious’ or ‘The Conjuring’. I’ll be adding ‘Sinister’ to this list. Some pretty scary moments, though the ending was a slight (but inevitable) disappointment. 4.5/5.

Annabelle

A prequel of sorts to ‘The Conjuring’. Dolls are creepy, but this felt rushed, underdeveloped and too short. 2/5.

Jessabelle

Scary as hell. I came across it and took a chance on it. The best of the bunch. Part ‘Grudge’, part ‘Skeleton Key’. 5/5.

Huck’s Christmas Concert

16 December, 2014 Uncategorized No comments

A birthday message for Huck

16 September, 2014 Kids, Video No comments , , , ,

Sunday was Huck’s 4th birthday. A little over a month ago, we discovered ‘toy reviews’ on YouTube. There’s a lot of people out there reviewing new and old toys. Generally showing unboxing and how they work. Being that Huck has had an obsession with ‘The Trash Pack’ toys since the summer, we tend to watch a lot of Trash Pack reviews. His favourite reviewer is ‘Pixel’ Dan Eardley (he asks for his videos by name).

He knew he was getting the Trash Pack Garbage Truck for his birthday and had been watching Dan’s video 2-3 times a day leading up to the event, so I thought I’d reach out to Dan and see if he’d send in a special birthday message. He did, and it was definitely a high point to Huck’s fun-filled day. I can’t express my gratitude enough for him doing this.

Here’s a video of Huck (well the top of his head) watching the video for the first time, and thanking Dan.

Mike just wants a Pepsi

15 September, 2014 Humour No comments

In the ‘news that not no one should really care about’ department we have:

Lethbridge school defends actions after suspending student selling Pepsi

Some of you may remember the Band ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ and their song ‘Institutionalized’ :



Well, I tried, but CBC didn’t approve the comment/troll:

ST Pepsi Troll

Inspiration:

Pepsi Mike

Iron Tracker finally out!

15 September, 2014 Apple, Apps, Programming, Projects No comments

After a busy summer, myself and some folks from Guelph and Mount Allison have finally released Iron Tracker.

Iron Tracker

It’s a tool for people that have been diagnosed with and are receiving treatment for Hemochromatosis. With the app we mean to replace pen & paper or spreadsheet tracking in favor of tracking right on your mobile device.

Presently it’s available for Android and iPhone (I implemented the iOS version).

Our website is http://irontracker.ca/.

Katherine & Ice Bucket Challenge

24 August, 2014 Blog, Humour, Internet, Video No comments , ,

I built an insane slide for my children

28 June, 2014 HOWTO, Kids, Photos, Projects No comments , , ,

I got some scrap wood today and built this monstrosity called “the eliminator / the liability”. Toward the end of the summer I’m going to build a treehouse when I take down part of the barn, but for now Huck was demanding we build the ladder for the slide we picked up at a garage sale.

Until then, he’ll be flying off the end of it.

Quote of the day: “Mom, is this dangerous?”

He loves it though.

Trying out the Bitcoin ATM in Ottawa

22 June, 2014 Technology No comments

Bitaccess ATM Sell Screen

I’ve dabbled with bitcoin for almost a year now. Aside from a project I’ve helped out with when I have the time I’ve done some USB-based mining at home. For me, mining isn’t meant as a lucrative venture, but it has satisfied my curiosity, and it’s something to tinker with now and again.

Yunfeng (of the aforementioned Solarminer) went to a meet up a few weeks back when a bitcoin ATM debuted in Ottawa. I was curious about selling coins using the device since online exchanges for CAD currency seem are quite lacking, and need a lot of work to set up accounts.

One day at lunch I walked down to the Clocktower Brew Pub in the Byward Market to try to cash out $50 worth of BTC and then buy a burrito.

At that time, there were no Bitcoin wallets permitted on the App Store but that limitation has since been removed. I used blockchain.info’s online wallet for this transaction, which made things a bit trickier in that it required a number of manual steps.

The sell process goes as follows:

1. You select “sell”.
2. You enter your mobile #. They send you a verification code to enter.
3. You select how much BTC you want to sell, and they update you with the price in CAD. (They only had $20s, so I changed my original plan to sell $40)
4. Once you’ve agreed, they give you an address to ship the specified number of BTC to and you then have 3 minutes for that transfer to happen.

On the iPhone it was the process was annoying due to the need for a 3rd party QR code reader. You end up having to cut and paste the send address into your online wallet. I have no idea what happens if you send the coins and the 3 minute deadline passes due to network lag, I assume they are just returned to you. I suspect the 3 minute window is to cover crazy fluctuations in conversion price. If the window was much larger you could easily speculate on the price in realtime.

Overall, it was satisfactory and I’ll likely use it again but it is absolutely for people who know what they are doing with bitcoins, and how transactions work. I didn’t may attention to fees, but they weren’t so high that I even noticed.

BTW, the process will be much smoother next time, now that apps like “Coin Pocket” are available on iOS.

The ATM machine is made by a local company “Bit Access”.

Bitaccess Receipt