I started playing the new Battlefield game tonight and it automatically determined my computer was capable of playing it on the recommended graphical setting of “low”. That’s a bit of a bummer. It’s mostly my old-ass video card that’s dragging my experience down. It’s four years old now. I’d love to replace it but as you may know, along with everything else in the world, new video cards are difficult to come by now if you don’t want to spend 2-3x MSRP.

I guess I will play with blocky graphics until things get better.


This is the last full week of work before the holiday break begins. Many of my coworkers are already off for the holidays. Meetings have been cancelled and will resume in the new year. I’m just trying to do enough work so that I can get to the holidays without anyone bugging me.

A second holiday season while living in a global pandemic. I think a lot of people are just trying to get to the holidays to get some physical and mental rest.


I made mini beef wellingtons tonight for dinner. As part of the holidays, my employer gave me a meal kit and a Zoom recording of a chef making said wellingtons. It was convenient because all the ingredients were included and I didn’t need to go out and getting anything.

They weren’t perfect looking but it tasted pretty good. If I were to make them again, I am sure I’d improve upon it. The pastry was a bit too moist because I didn’t cook enough of the water out of the mushrooms and spinach that was inside. I also think I took it out of oven about five minutes too soon.

Now that I’ve done it once, I can probably make them 25% faster. It took me about an hour to make. Next time indeed!


I have been using the same desk/office chair for probably about ten years now. This is the chair I’ve spent countless hours in while gaming on my PC, watching pornography YouTube, and now with the pandemic, going on almost two years of work from home. It’s not the most comfy chair but my lack of back problems has most likely led to me not changing chairs until now.

Many people got better desk chairs once work from home became a thing but it took me until now to finally upgrade to a better chair. At first, I thought I was maybe going to get a “gaming” chair but it didn’t take long to realize those things are ultimately are not my style. I then realized I get a discount through work for a few companies that sell chairs and desks. At work, we have Herman Miller chairs but even with a discount, those chairs are more than I’m willing to pay.

I finally settled on an ErgoChair from Autonomous. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that a $2,000 chair might have but it’s undoubtedly an upgrade from the $90 chair that I think was purchased from Staples or Office Depot. The padding in the seat of my old chair had flattened so much, I was basically sitting on a hard surface. My new chair has a thick padded seat that offers support. My old chair also had no lumbar support because the back of chair didn’t even go all the way down. I now had lumbar support with the new chair.

Overall, this new chair will promote better posture for me and ensure I won’t get back problems as I work and game.


After many years of ordering from Amazon, I finally had a package stolen from me last week. While many people have their package stolen from them from their porch or front step, my package was stolen from me from the lobby mailroom in my apartment building.

I believe I’ve gone this long without having my Amazon packages stolen from me for a few reasons. First, in the before-times, when people still commuted to work, I had my packages delivered to work, at the studio. The studio has this very large mailroom operation, which graciously accepts packages on our behalf. It also has in place this formal process where the package is entered in a tracking system with all sorts of info, including the employee name. You then go down to the mailroom, show proof of identification, sign a form, and then the package is released to you. It’s convenient and safe.

Second, if I choose not to have my package delivered to work, say it’s too big or something to bring on public transit, I previously had it delivered to an Amazon pick-up point. In my case, the closest pick-up point is a Canada Post office, about a two minute walk from my lobby.

In both cases, the package is delivered to a secure location, and no one can just take my package because they need to prove their identity first.

Somewhere during the pandemic, I began switching delivery locations so that my packages came straight to my building. Once this happened, my packages began being delivered by contracted delivery services and/or Amazon’s own delivery service. These are the people you see so frequently now on residential streets, all with the same type of vans. On a rare occasion, some of these delivery people will actually buzz me and bring my package straight to my door. Sometimes, they’ll text me or call me so that I can come down to the lobby and get my package from them directly. Sometimes, they’ll just text me and say they left my package in my mailroom. And then there is what happened on last Friday evening, which is they delivered my package to the mailroom while I was out, around 8pm, and didn’t even contact me at all.

Since this wasn’t a critical package I was waiting for, I was not refreshing the order status every hour on the hour. In fact, I didn’t check the delivery status until Saturday evening. When I went down to the mailroom, the package was gone.

I understand if some of you will immediately point out that leaving a package unattended for twenty-four hours in a common mailroom is asking for trouble. Yeah, there’s definitely some truth to that but I have frequently seen packages that have been left for days in my mailroom. Maybe I just got unlucky?

What is lucky is that my package was worth less than $30, shipping and tax included. It was two bottles of Swiffer Wetjet liquid and a magnetic mesh screen door. It’s not the end of the world that I lost these items.

So, who stole my package? I don’t know at this point. Theft from apartment mailrooms is rampant. I often get calls to my phone from the intercom when I’m not expecting anyone. I feel like thieves sometimes randomly punch in numbers on the intercom, hoping someone is stupid enough to buzz them in. If that happens, they make a beeline to the mailroom, grab as many packages as they can, and leave. Or, maybe they just surfed in behind a resident as they entered the building. This is also common.

All of this reminds that my OLED TV was delivered in the summer by FedEx and somehow they got into the building without buzzing me, calling me, or texting me. Because my new TV was indeed a very important purchase to me, I was refreshing the delivery status frequently on the day it was supposed to arrive. Nevertheless, because they neglected to contact me when it was actually delivered and they also chose not to deliver it to me door, I discovered that they had delivered my new and not so cheap TV to my mailroom, and it had been sitting there for at least 30 minutes, if not more. I am so lucky that no one of disreputable morals happened upon my TV and just hauled it away.

So, I am going back to having my Amazon packages delivered to the Canada Post pick-up point. It is slightly less convenient because this delivery location must use Canada Post and sometimes they are slower than Amazon’s delivery service but it is more secure. A second alternative that will allow for quicker shipping but again trades that for some inconvenience is to have it delivered to an Amazon Hub Locker that is open 24 hours. There is a 7-11 about a 5-10 minute drive from where I live and that locker is open obviously 24 hours a day.

Damn thieves!


Last week, while I was doing my dishes, my kitchen faucet was running and then the water stopped for a split second. When it started again, the water that came out was very brown for about two seconds and then it seemed clear again, except that the water pressure was a fraction of what it was before.

It has remained that way ever since. The water is also very “bubbly” when it comes out, as in there are lots of bubbles or air in the water, like it’s almost carbonated. Normally, when you see brown water, it’s function of the water supply being shut off for a period of time and then you need to just run your taps to clear it. I had no water for a split second, not like the water was shut off.

I ran the sink in my bathroom and it was fine, no brown water and the water pressure was normal. It took me a few days to figure out but I’m pretty sure there’s some sorta blockage somewhere in my kitchen faucet. The brown water I saw was the result of some brown coloured debris (bleh) being dislodged somewhere in the water line and then traveling to some part of the faucet where some of it broke apart and was able to get through. The part that didn’t get through is now causing the low flow.

I am no handy person, so I have strong inclinations to get a plumber to look at this. On the other hand, I feel like this is the kinda thing that I can probably fix myself. I just need to disassemble the faucet head, which in my case is a very typical “spray head” style one. I wouldn’t even need to turn off the water supply because the spray head is downstream of faucet valve.

Once it’s all disassembled, I can clean everything out and get back to good water pressure. Knowing my luck, however, I will find someway to horribly mess it up. Good luck to me this weekend!


One of my co-workers is already off for the entire month of December. Another will begin their holidays on Friday. I am a bit envious of their time off.

I have enough vacation days to start my holidays now as well but I’m the optimistic chap who thinks that my vacation days are best used for traveling and flying off to some exciting place. With these never ending variants, who knows if that will practical anytime soon.

Maybe my co-workers are smarter than I. They’re just taking their vacation days and enjoying a long, restful, and relaxing holiday season.