Hi there! I am going to take a hiatus from posting vlogs for the next 2 weeks while the holidays are upon us. I have a lot to do, as usual, so I’ll be spending my free time with my cutie and our families.
I hope the holiday season has treated you well and that you have a fantastic 2020!
What have you accomplished this year? Don’t feel bad if you can’t come up with an answer straight away. Most people can’t. It can be hard to pat yourself on the back for all of the things you managed to do, especially if you struggle with mental or other health issues.
It’s enough that you’ve made it through the year. There certainly is a lot about the state of the world to worry about. Sometimes we have to focus our efforts on the things we can do, rather than what feels out of our control.
As for myself, I think I’ve accomplished a decent amount this year.
First group game-jam submission
Finally got Tenk Werz to a state I can feel happy calling done
Learned a lot about the platforms I use at work
Went to the UK for the first time and blogged each day!
Drove on the left side of the road for the first time
Started my medical transition (a long time coming!)
Picked a name! (I will be Lilithe, but I plan to make a more comprehensive post about that in the future.)
Coded a 3D engine from scratch in C++ (with the help of onelonecoder.com, of course!)
Ripped my first famiclone and learned about the weird world of NES clone hardware
I’m sure there’s more in there, but that’s a quick list for now. As you can see, it’s easy to start coming up with things once you really think about it. Be proud of yourself for making it through 2019 and extra proud for all of the little things you did, for yourself or for others.
Today we headed out
to see the British Library. On the way we stopped by a local market
to see what it had to offer.
It reminded us of
the market in Japan because both are right beside a transit line and
curve along the length of the track, and both have small booth
sellers. There really isn’t anything like it in Toronto. It was
novel to us.
We had a very good iced coffee at The Italian Coffee Club while we waited for the man at the momos booth to cook some up fresh for us. They were also delicious.
A pleasant lunch in
our bellies, we headed for the tube station. There were two police
officers and staff at the door today. Strange.
I was a little
freaked out, as I always am with police officers around, especially
when they usually aren’t there, but I strode by passing my wallet
over the gate and it let me in fine.
I continued to walk
and turned to see if Toria were behind me. She was having trouble
scanning her card momentarily. Then the transit staff lady told her
to step back.
“It’s like I’m talking to myself…” she muttered. Is this some kind of British passive aggression? Seemed pretty odd.
The ride itself was
uneventful. We rode the circle line around to the north end of it
arriving at Euston Square. Here we exited and made a right and walked
in a big circle around the next block or so to arrive at Speedy’s
Sandwich Bar & Cafe!
Not familiar? I wasn’t either but I had been informed that it was the filming location for the newer Sherlock TV series. We took a series of photos and went inside.
Inside were more
photos up on the wall and a drawing in the corner. A small display
case was on the left and some very 20th century diner
The food was passable but bland. Something we expected to find in Britain, but this place was particularly inoffensive. It hit the spot though, and that’s all that really mattered. We also had a pretty good ginger beer. Maybe not good to people who like a lot of ginger, but it was one which Victoria would actually drink. It was watered down and sweet.
Then we exited and headed back north and then west toward the library. There was quite a bit to see in here and I think you could spend a lot of time just exploring the library alone.
We happened upon the
rare books display, which was kept dim and cool to preserve the aged
and delicate tomes. Some were more delicate than others. I saw some
people taking photos at some booths surprisingly some with flash as
well, despite the message at the front about light damaging the
Kids were using
phones, but some old guy with a standard point and click camera was
using the autofocus complete with a visible light range finder
shinning on the book. Oops!
I decided I could
get away with at least one shot without any kind of light emitting
from my camera, so I took this one to show off the pretty illustrated
books seen below.
We took a look in
the book store and the gift shop, didn’t find anything of interest
and headed outside for a coffee. We were both quite tired at this
point. Perhaps jet lag. Perhaps it was the 25000+ steps we took
Victoria had asked
me on our way over if I wanted to stop at Paddington station since I
had made note of it on the way over.
I said that it
wasn’t that important to me, because I was pretty tired, but we
stopped over anyway to see what was there.
I did end up taking
a lot of photos here. It turns out it’s at the eastern part of
Little Venice, which we had previously intended to explore!
There was a great
little art show here showcasing art that combines electronics and
physical media such as metal, resin, plastics, and lights. I took a
few neat looking videos of the pieces exploiting the depth of field
control of my DSLR.
We did get video of
some water fowl for Natalie. There, I hope you like it!
I saw this sign both
misspelled and silly and decided to pose beside it with the shirt
that Victoria had given me. (She decided she does not like graphic Ts
anymore, and it was previously hers.)
Then we returned to
the tube station and headed back home. We were very tired at this
point, so we took in some UK television and headed for bed.