As is the tradition around here, I generally liveblog the day to save it for posterity. (2009| 2008 | 2007| 2006 | 2005 | 2003). I didnâ€™t feel like doing that today so instead I am going to play around with my Kodak Zi8 camera and shoot some video of my day. I have a video project at the Centre and I need to figure out some lighting issues anyways so why not kill two birds with one stone.
Before I was really awake today, Wendy, Mark, and Oliver woke me up and gave me a couple of birthday gifts.
- Ollie :: Bushnell BackTrack GPS
- Mark :: Ultimate IMAX DVD collection
- Wendy :: A new daypack
- Maggi :: Energizer head lamp
Thanks everyone. The IMAX DVD collection has Fires of Kuwait which was narrated by Rip Torn. I realized this morning that I had vowed to name one of my kids Rip Torn and now that chance is gone. Well I donâ€™t know if the chance is gone but I asked Wendy if we could have another kid for the sole reason of naming it Rip Torn and it wasnâ€™t a warm look I got back.
Wendy came by later and gave me The Gamble by Thomas Ricks. I read his book Fiasco and found it to be one of the best books I had read in years. It will be interesting to see if The Gamble is as good as itâ€™s predecessor. She also gave me two Moleskine notebooks, one large and one small.
Around coffee time my colleague Micheala was holding Oliver. Now for those of you who remember, Wendy and I have babysat Michealaâ€™s daughter and her and Mark get along like brother and sister. Micheala has also managed to spend a couple of Christmasâ€™s with us. She is also Markâ€™s arch nemesis at Guitar Hero. Oliverâ€™s loyalties obviously lie with Mark as he head butted Micheala pretty hard as the video shows.
Good job Ollie.
After work we joined some friends at the Konga Cafe. While others had some curried goat, I had the excellent spicy peanut shrimp. If you have never eaten at the Konga Cafe, it is amazing. It was spectacular up until Wendy had them sing me happy birthday. I donâ€™t blush often but I did tonight.
We retired to home and fired up the DVD player and watched Mark Twainâ€™s America. First of all, Mark mispronounced Twain as Twan so we have been calling him Mark Twan all night to his chagrin, secondly, that is one horrible IMAX movie we just watched. I am glad that wasnâ€™t the only one that came in the box set.