Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Time Waster

Two Rooms

This is a pretty neat puzzle game where you must coordinate movements of two different squares in two different rooms, in order to complete the level. It starts out pretty simple, but the later levels will have you scratching your head for sure. Currently I'm stuck on 24/30. Try out Two Rooms here.

Don't You Miss Summer?

Ohmigawd, ya me too.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ferda's Orchid

Here's two different pics of Ferda's pink orchid. The top one is taken on Dec. 18th. The bottom one I just took a second ago, today, January 28th. It's been in full bloom mode for about 6 weeks! That's insane. And there's a lot of flowers on it; 13 by my count. Seriously, this orchid is nuts. We've had it for about 3 years, and I think this is only the second time it has bloomed. But I can't believe the flowers have been around for this long.

But don't worry, now that Eddy is getting more agile, I'm sure he will eat some of them soon. (and then vomit them back up onto the carpet - good times)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Reviews: Zack and Miri; Rocker

Last night we took it easy and watched a couple of movies: Zack and Miri Make a Porno and The Rocker.

Zack and Miri was really good. The male lead was played by Seth Rogen. I am really starting to like this fellow Canadian. He was very good Pineapple Express, which we saw a bit ago. And I think I've liked him in just about every other movie he's been in. 'Porno' was just what you would expect from a Kevin Smith film: funny and off-the-wall totally different. It was pretty rude at certain points, and I won't get into that here. But we still really liked it. And it was cool to recognize all of the 'Kevin Smith regulars' in the movie from his Clerks series.

The Rocker starred Dwight (Rainn Wilson) from the tv series The Office, which we are both huge fans of. Sadly, I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of this movie. Unlike 'Porno', which obviously I knew where it was going (the title doesn't leave much to the imagination), The Rocker could have taken one of many different directions. Sadly, in my opinion, it took the path already used by Jack Black in School of Rock. Without giving too much away: Rainn Wilson joins a band with young teens (tweens?) and they proceed to rock out and such. Funny - but I had already seen this movie.

Peace out - and stayed tuned for more reviews shortly.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Time Waster: Scriball

Started playing this game last week, took a while to complete all the levels. Very innovative playstyle, fun, and challenging. Slightly annoying if you have a less-than-stellar mouse.

Check out Scriball.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Settlers of Catan - Traders and Barbarians

Just picked this up - anyone want to play?

He loves that mouse

Also - he hates that mouse.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

eddy on the stairs

Yep, he's a spaz. But at least he's famous now.

and I shall call him mini-me

Itty Bitty Kitty Committee: Newest Member

We joined the club. He's eight weeks, the sweetest little guy you've ever met, and really really loves Ferda.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Come Sail Away

For Ferda. We were in the car this morning and we heard this song on the radio. Well not this version, the original (Styx).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Have a cold one, on Ottawa

Wow. Certainly a cold morning today. I think the worst I heard on the radio this morning was -39 (wind chill included). That's pretty frickin nasty.

But don't worry my fellow Ottawans, those losers in Winnipeg have it worse: -45. That will teach them for stealing our longest outdoor skating rink record.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beat Fail?

Another fail pic from Turkey. Or perhaps, this falls under the category of Engrish. Regardless, this clearly is an advertisement for an athletics facility on the planet Mars, where one can 'come to beat'.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Cookie Fail??

Yup, this pic is from Turkey as well. Already submitted to failblog.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Vikings trapped in Ice? Oh my!

This little physics-based puzzle game is way too cute. Ice Breaker has you use your mouse to slice the ice to free the frozen vikings and help return them to their ship.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Turkey: More Photos

more of Ulus market

smoking an apple (elma) flavour hookah at a cafe

more of Beypazari

local market near in-laws place

Monday, January 05, 2009

Turkey: Photos

Ulus market

Ataturk Mausoleum


Kocatepe Mosque (largest in Ankara)

Turkey: Part 2

So about a week has passed since I wrote part 1 about my experiences in Turkey. Here's the rest of them for the final week we spent there.

One of neat things we did was visit a small, touristy-type-town call Beypazari, about 100 kms away from Ankara. A very very old and small town situated atop a large mountain. It was snowing there while we visited, so walking the steep hills was dangerous and slippy. Beypazari is famous for it's particular kind of jewellery called Telkari which involves intricate filigree pieces made of silver and various stones and gems. Ferda bought a few pieces. The town was really neat because of the old Ottoman style architecture of the homes and buildings. I will post some more pictures later when I get home from work.

Another touristy-type-adventure we had was a visit to the Anitkabir, the resting place of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He was the founder of the Republic of Turkey (1923) and was given the name Ataturk (father of all Turks) by his fellow countrymen. This mausoleum not only celebrated his life and showcased some of this belongings, it also recognized his careers and accomplishments as a military leader and his many political reforms as president. It was a moving experience for both of us, especially Ferda (she had never been before).

Of course, if you know Ferda at all, you will already have guessed that we did TONS of shopping. Our bags were backed to the limit on the return flights. Ibrahim (Ferda's dad) and I were pretty sick of walking through malls by the end of the two weeks. We were much more content to sit at home, watch some football, and drink some beer. Efes to be exact. I also drank some raki - holy crap that stuff is strong.

An additional touristy-adventure was a visit to part of the city (Ankara) called Ulus. It had a number of small, narrow streets lined with vendors on both sides selling everything you could imagine. After we toured all of these street we went in the market area. It was extremely crowded with shouting vendors and customers. I have a few pictures of this market that I'll add later. Another place in Ankara we visited was the Ankara Castle - and more specifically the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations or Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi. It housed some incredible pieces from that region's past. In particular, what I found most interesting was the Hittite period of 1750-1200 B.C., a lot of their work was done in bronze and was really beautiful. This was one of my favourites - and is in fact also displayed as a giant statue in the middle of the city.

We also went out for dinner a few times to different restaurants. The food was awesome. So tasty. I had iskender kepab a few different times - it is very tasty. Also, I tried this one dessert called kunefe - SO AMAZING. SERIOUSLY. Hot pastry, warm sticky sugar-water, and melted cheese. You can't go wrong.

We visited a couple times with different family members and it was nice to meet all of them. Also it was great to spend some time with Ferda's immediate family, I know that Ferda really appreciated that. Anyways, we're home now: back in Ottawa, back to the daily grind, back to reality.