Nablopomo – Day 28 – Duran’s Christmas village

Having a Christmas village is a big tradition in our household. When our son wanted to build one for himself, we let him build with any houses and material he wanted. This was the result.

Having a Christmas village is a big tradition in our household. When our son wanted to build one for himself, we let him build with any houses and material he wanted. This was the result:

A shot of the Christmas village my son built - Complete with Lego men and a Starbucks.

A shot of the Christmas village my son built - Street view of a toy shop.

A shot of the Christmas village my son built - Street view of kids on a swing.

(Pictures were taken by Duran and Daddy)

I guess there really is a Starbucks in every town. 😉

Nablopomo – Day 27 – 4Cats Arts Studio

I want spread the word about an incredible place that provides a studio for children to express their artistic talents: 4Cats Art Studio.

I want spread the word about an incredible place that provides a studio for children to express their artistic talents: 4Cats Art Studio.

They are asking people to help promote the 4Cats studio in the South Surrey area and to help out those who are less fortunate. It’s a pleasure to pass along their message to you:

Hello 4Cats Families!

Well, the cold days of November are upon us, and Christmas is just around the corner.

At 4Cats South Surrey, we love being able to provide a warm and bright studio for all of the children in our community to explore their creativity every week! So much so, that in the spirit of the season we’d like to give a little back to those less fortunate.

This is where we’d like your help.

We’d love for all of our families to bring in a non-perishable food item (canned, or dry) to our studio between now and December 10th when they come to class. All items will be donated to the local food bank to help spread some holiday cheer, and 4Cats South Surrey will match, item for item, anything brought in to the studio.

In addition, every time your child brings in an item of food, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win a FREE REGISTRATION for our magical 4-day Grandma Moses inspired winter camp from Dec 20th-Dec 23rd (Value: $165.00+HST). The more cans they bring, the more chances to win! The kids get a chance to create an original work of art just before Christmas, and moms and dads get a chance for some free hours for those last minute outings.

Please help us support our local families this holiday season!

(The draw is to be held on December 11th.)

Our warmest thanks!

4Cats South Surrey Team: Anna, Silvana, Nina, Janice & Kraeg

If you’re in the South Surrey area, or know someone who is, please take some time to help promote a great place and a great cause. Many thanks!

Nablopomo – Day 26 – Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Do you like scary games?

Do you like scary games?

For me, any game that immerses me into its own little world is a game for me. If it has the odd scary bit to it, all the better. A great example: Half-Life.

However, I just found out about this new game called Amnesia – The Dark Descent. The reviews are somewhat decent for a puzzle and interaction game. But what people are raving about the most is how truly scary this game is.

I think what makes this game so successful is that it relies on the user’s own imagination and fear. It then continues to feed your fear the more you get into the game. I don’t want to spoil this game at all, so I won’t get into the story. But, if you’re a big fan of making your heart race and you’re not squeamish, then this is a game you should check out.

Personally, I won’t play this. Not because of the game play, but because my heart wouldn’t take it. 😉

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s an example of someone who is quite ‘immersed’ in the game: (NOTE: NSFW due to language and intense scenes) (courtesy of You Tube)

Nablopomo – Day 25 – Warm clothing donations

Once again, snow is falling in the Lower Mainland. As fun as it is for some, please try to remember those that are less fortunate. It’s all too often that we only think of this during the holiday season. The reality is that the need is always there for many many individuals and families.

Once again, snow is falling in the Lower Mainland. As fun as it is for some, please try to remember those that are less fortunate. It’s all too often that we only think of this during the holiday season. The reality is that the need is always there for many many individuals and families.

Rebecca Bollwitt has a great post on where you can make warm clothing donations in Vancouver:

As well, if you’d like to make a donation elsewhere around the province, the Salvation Army in British Columbia has many locations around the Lower Mainland.

Please take some time to remember those in need. It will definitely go a long way.

Nablopomo – Day 24 – My first site

It’s always interesting to see the humble beginnings of a career. Here’s the very first site I actually got paid to do: Ryz Wrestling.

It’s always interesting to see the humble beginnings of a career. Here’s the very first site I actually got paid to do: Ryz Wrestling.

As this was done 10 years ago, I’m not going to beat myself up too bad. However, here’s the lowlights for your amusement:

  • HTML 4.0 Transitional Document Type.
  • Absolutely no metadata.
  • Table-based layout, complete with <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" MARGINHEIGHT="0" MARGINWIDTH="0" LEFTMARGIN="0" TOPMARGIN="0" border="0"> and a fixed width of ‘683’ for all of those 800 by 600 resolutions.
  • Designed to display consistently with Netscape 4.0 and above.
  • There’s <font size="-2">, wrapped in a <div>, wrapped in table cells. Like a crazy HTML Turducken.
  • The good old CSS scrollbar property.
  • Non-breaking spaces used for padding the navigation items, of course.
  • The content of the site consisted of "This site is currently under construction".
  • Great use of red, salmon and dark jaundice. Complete with lame Photoshop effects.
  • Lovingly hand coded with HomeSite

I could keep listing things, but let’s end the suffering there.

Regardless, this is my dollar bill framed on my wall, so to speak. As dated as this is, it’s still a reminder of how far I’ve come.