Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lifehack is officially launched! and VCON confirmed!

Although the softcover's been available on the net for a little while already, I held off until I could approve the hardcover before I called it a launch. Well, I got the hardcover, and approved it, it's darn purdy. I'm really glad I did it.

Those of you who know me personally and live nearby can order from me now, before I put in my big batch purchase. Hardcovers through me will cost only $30, as oppose to the 40 I'm kinda forced to sell it for online, AND, I'll be eating those shipping charges for ya.

Those of you who live elsewhere would have to resort to buying it from the publisher. Shipping to Canada costs way too much, IMO, but to the US is very reasonable.

Softcover $19.95:
Hardcover $39.95:

As usual, you can also go to my site, to read about it, and check out the related posters. All the links have previews of the book attached to them.


It IS confirmed that I am going to be at VCON (Vancouver Sci-fi Convention) and be selling there, (Hey, no shipping for people that buy direct form me!) October 3-5, in Surrey. (bonehead errors fixed thanks to jenni from the blo- er, the con.)


Caitlin news: 15 steps for a freewalking record now. She gets 12s off pretty regularly now and is beginning to see walking as a viable mode of travel, not jsut a stunt that makes grownups happy.

She and I also had a big adventure on monday, downtown to be filmed playing for part of a DVD for other parents who aren't confident with their kids, or just play inappropriately. (Too much roughhousing, or too nervous to interact, etc) Thanks partly to my wife's influence I suppose, I was told I was a natural, and a very good play-buddy for a 1 year old. Also, my being in a wheelchair should show some parents that they cant whine about being tired at the end of a day, or having a bad back! hehehe.

We then popped over to GF strong, where I spent 6 months after my accident, and introduced Caitlin to some of the staffers who still work there. We also got to show off our custom baby-carrier. Then we had lunch at the GF strong cafeteria.. mainly for nostalgic reasons. The food was better in 2001. Darn cutbacks.

Form getting on the bus at 7:30 am, and getting home at 4:30pm, we had a LONG day. She fell asleep in my lap for a bit on the way home, the the skytrain woke her up. She wasn't fond of the skytain's sounds on the way in either. Still, despite that, and coming home tired as heck, I think it's safe to say we both had a pretty good day.


International Students

Braveheart and FraidyCat have gone home, and all is well there. We have a little bit of quiet for a while. But Lo and behold, yesterday, PING magically appeared! She can drive a person nuts sometimes, but in small doses, she's lots of fun. She brought a china-made barbie ripoff for Caitlin, (with the words SUPERIOR GIRL on the side of the box) and olympic cell-phone dangly charms for me and Michelle. I filled her in on how things were going here, and she told me bits of what's going on in Beijing, and her impressions of the 'creepy' police presence that normally isn't there. She also checked on the stuff she's storing here until she finds an apartment downtown. Right now she's staying with family friends.

On the 27th, our 'usual' Korean student 'Radar' comes back, (doing her grade 12 and graduating here) then on my Bday, the 30th, the new german girl (no nickname so far) will arrive. We've been in correspondence, and she seems quite nice. She only stays for 5 months and then we're to get a new german.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

FraidyCat , LionHeart and the 12 step program

The other day two 16-year-old korean students came to stay for 3 weeks. The school board keeps em pretty busy most days, (mostly on touristy type things) and michelle seems intent on doing things with them on the days off... because there isn't much else for them to do.
Yesterday, then both found some toys- my nephew's scooter, a skipping rope, and a hula-hoop... (which is actually Ping and Radar's magnetic 'health hoop'.. wtf...) and then went out into the front area, and played. Yeek. Ladies, we have tv and vid games, and you're outside being randomly active? SICK SICK SICK!

Ah, I have to assign them 'minor-protecting-codenames'. Well, I don't know them that well yet, (and in the course of 3 weeks, I probably won't know them TOO much better, as their english is a bare minimum) so I'll be lazy and categorize them by one defining event.
I let my cat Leela jump up on my lap as she often does, and I wet to go introduce them to her. One of the girls FREAKED RIGHT OUT. I'd seen this kind of thing before, but it was because of a dog. (and it was a GUY, who screamed like a 12 year old girl whenever our dog came into view.) So, for the next 3 weeks, when the girls are awake and home, I'll try to keep Leela outside. In this weather, that's not such a bad thing, but when she comes back in, she demands attention. Lots.
So codenames? FraidyCat and LionHeart. Not that LH was eager to embrace Leela, but compared to FC's reaction... yeah. It's kinda sad.. Leela's the meekest little thing. (At least when humans are concerned)

We're going to attempt a couple Kimchi recipes. We never bothered with Radar, since she had already been in the country for a year and a half, and she was swept up in the kitchen chaos that Ping created.. so we didn't worry. Wish us luck.

Slightly less recent news- Caitlin is walking!! Not much mind you, she still sees crawling as far more efficient, even when carrying something. (her one handed, one-knee, one-foot crawl is hilarious, with an empty energy drink can under her arm like a football...) Her record walking so far is 12 steps. She only stopped because she reached her destination; the toybox. I think it was mainly an exercise in laziness. When I put her down, she was standing. She wanted to go to the toybox, and knew she had to stand to get at the toys. I'm sure she debated in her mind for a while about what was easier- WALKING over there, (what a pain in the ***! Walking! Sheesh!) or getting down to the ground, to crawl over, then having to get back up. Walking won.
Usually when we try to get her to walk, she won't, or takes one step before decided it's dumb and inefficient. He best walking is done for no particular reason, with no prompting, and with no camera around.
Oh yeah, she LOVES FC and LH. They like Caitlin quite a bit too, though I try not to let Caitlin bug them TOO much. FC and LH aren't here to babysit afterall.

AND.... Last moment Lifehack news- I'm still waiting on the first hardcover copy. The other shop in Maple Ridge that I was hoping to put some copies in officially said yes, and I had an unintentionally good day for local promoting yesterday.
As for those 2 shops and I going to the Vancouver Sci-fi convention- that's still up in the air, but I have identified which of the fellows would be leading the charge. He's out camping, so I didn't get to talk to him yesterday, but I did get come productive talk with the comic shop guy. So, the waiting game continues.
Before I ask people if they want copies for my big order, I still have to approve the hardcover copy, and settle the sci-fi con thing.