I need to get to bed. I’m super tired. Not sure why I didn’t sleep all that great last night. I wasn’t alone though. One of my co-workers had insomnia and decided to just go to work at 5am in the morning. Crazy. He didn’t leave work until 5pm. It was a 12-hour work day for him. Another co-worker napped from 9pm to 11pm. This caused him to not be able to fall asleep again until 5am. He woke up 7am. He did not have a great day.

I will now attempt to sleep.


The men’s washroom on my floor at work is frequently place where I, unfortunately, smell some of the worst odours on campus. I may do my pooping in the individual stalls at cafeteria washrooms but for convenience sake, I go to the men’s washroom. It is convenient but at times, it’s also much more stinky. It’s been that way for years, stinky years.

Last week, I walked into the washroom to relieve myself when I instantly hit with a pleasant surprise. It smelled like fresh and fragrant fruits. Strong hints of mango permeated the air. It wasn’t a clinical and industrial scent either. It honestly smelled great. What was causing this?

When I stepped up to the urinal, I discovered the cause. In the urinal were these new urinal screens that you see above. On the product page from the manufacturer, you can see these screens actually release a scent when water and urine make contact with the screen. They are also designed to minimize splash-back, so you don’t get your own (or someone else’s) pee on your clothes or legs.

I’m hoping they change the fragrance every month. I wonder what “Midnight Sky” smells like? This has made peeing at work a much more enjoyable experience.


I’ve just consumed half a bag of pork rinds and I’m exhausted, not from eating the pork rinds, but from an early morning. I guess I didn’t sleep that well. It’s time to go to bed.


Unless something drastic happens with the weather, I think it’s time to put my humidifier back into storage for another year. The relative humidity is back into the mid-40s again. That’s comfortable enough for me that I don’t need equipment to get more moisture in the air.

Just for fun, here are the most humid cities in the United States. Some cities in the south have average humidity values that range in the 80s. That’s crazy. I bet your skin and hair do well in those regions, even if everything is sticky, matted, and gross.


I went on my first hike of the year today. It was a simple and short hike, from the base of Burnaby Mountain, all the way up to Simon Fraser University. I’ve done this hike before but it was the first time I’ve done it in almost a decade I believe.

This hike is fairly short, taking me only an hour and a bit to get up to the university. It was good enough for me though as I felt super tired after I got back home. I gotta get the sea legs back so to speak. Now that the weather is relatively nicer compared to winter, it’s time to get into better shape.


I don’t anticipate doing a ton of OT on my current project but at least I know the OT meal policy now. The cafeteria at EAV sucks so bad now because they don’t serve hot meals after like 2pm. Hell, they don’t really serve any meals after 2pm. If you’re stuck getting food at the cafeteria for OT, your only choice is these cold, microwavable meals. That just is terrible.

Because it’s so evident that no one would enjoy eating such a thing when you need to work OT, our team is also doing a “Skip the Dishes” order for actual food on evenings where people need to stay a bit longer. We did one order last night because of an important milestone but I don’t think we’ll be doing another for a few weeks.

Good to know there are meal options if I need to stay on the late days.


In the above video, Matt Stonie attempts to eat 350 packs of Pop Rocks. When I was a kid, Pop Rocks were the most fascinating candy I had the chance to see and taste. They weren’t commonly found, at least in the shops I were able to get to. There would be the odd time that I was able to go somewhere new to shop and the store’s candy aisle might have Pop Rocks. Oh man, what a treat it would be if they did!

Pop Rocks were such an exotic thing to me. It was a candy that made sounds in your mouth and also gave you that weird sensation as the little bits “popped”. Plus, it was candy after all, so that was great too. It was a delight to my ears and mouth (in different ways). Luckily, since the candy was somewhat difficult to purchase for me, I didn’t eat a whole lot of it when I was younger. It remained a special treat and I probably have most of my teeth because of that.


I managed to catch a cold on the weekend. I think I probably caught it on Friday night. I was out with friends and former co-workers. There were lots of people at the bar, close quarters, that type of stuff. I felt cold for most of the weekend, which was ironic, since the weather was great and temperatures were in the mid-teens.

My nose is pretty stuffy right now and it’s starting to be runny as well. My chest feels kinda tight. I also have a slight cough. Not a great way to start spring.


I’m shipping a game this year. I haven’t been able to say that since I helped the Madden guys get Madden 18 out the door. We’re still many months away until we’re done but I’m cautiously optimistic it’ll be ok. I haven’t done any OT at all and I’m hoping I won’t have to do too much at all, if any.

There will be some busy weeks for sure. This week might be a bit hectic but this summer will be quite interesting.