20 year anniversary

Today is the 20th anniversary of registering my first domain name. It's been quite a ride since then.

Blade Runner 2049

I really enjoyed Blade Runner 2049! Although success at the box office has been muted, perhaps due to its long running time (2 hours and 40 minutes), it's well worth seeing it in IMAX, while it's still on the big screen. Watching it at home doesn't have the same impact.

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the holiday season bring you peace and joy.

Everybody Loves A Winner

The Toronto Blue Jays clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 1993 (when they won the World Series). Despite a formidable offense, they had a ho-hum season until August, when they became red-hot. General Manager Alex Anthopolous' trades for ace pitcher David Price and all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki lit a fire under the rest of the team, propelling them to the top of the American League standings due to strong pitching, an explosive offense, and solid defence.

There are still 8 tense games remaining. But if the season ended today, the Blue Jays would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This is critical, because the team has a 52-28 win-loss record at home, but is only .500 on the road (37-37 win-loss record).

There's a feeling of excitement in Toronto that hasn't been felt in a generation. When the Jays last made the postseason, I was still an undergraduate at university!

Let's play ball!

First Impressions of shomi

Canadian media giants Rogers and Shaw launched shomi this week, which is positioned as their answer to Netflix Canada. With a free 30 day trial, I signed up yesterday.

Overall, it seems Netflix has a greater inventory of TV shows and movies. But, shomi does have some more recent TV shows like Modern Family which aren't on Netflix.

I like that shomi works with my cable box, as it means that none of my internet data usage limit or bandwidth is affected when watching in that manner (although watching via an iPad or other device would use up internet data). This is especially important for HD content, and for 4K content in the future.

Netflix has a more mature user interface. For example, they allow users to mark shows they want to watch in the future, by adding it to a list. shomi should copy that feature eventually. shomi supports this feature via their shomi_later system (I couldn't find it on the cable box interface, but it exists on the web and tablet interface, according to …

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is Mother's Day. It has been criticized for having been overly commercialized. Indeed, one should be grateful to moms everyday, for all that they do.

That being said, I believe it doesn't hurt to have a special day to reflect upon and honour the great contributions to our lives by mothers everywhere. I am certain that I would not be half as successful had it not been for the good upbringing and values instilled in me from my own mom.