Grant Skinner

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My New Puppy. So cute!

I don’t usually post personal content, but for a puppy, I’ll make an exception. I mean, who doesn’t like puppies?

On Wednesday we picked up our new Bugg (Boston Terrier / Pug cross) puppy and brought him home. He’s named Gir (pronounced grrr), both because he acts a bit like GIR from Invader Zim, and just because I think it’s a cool dog name. Bobi says she’s going to try to make him a green GIR suit one day, though she won’t let me name our future cat Pir. πŸ™

Photos after the jump.

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Back from Japan

I just got back from 16 awesome days in Japan. My wife and I spent a week in Kyoto, and a week in Tokyo, checking out the sights, eating amazing food, experiencing the culture and hanging out with friends.

There’s way too much to talk about here, so I’ll stick to super brief disjointed thoughts: Kyoto is really beautiful, and an excellent place to experience the more traditional side of Japan. Tokyo is a huge, crowded, and rather ugly city (aren’t all big cities?), but the people and culture make it amazing. The amount of respect, decency, and politeness Japanese people show others gives me hope for the rest of the world. Cherry blossom season is a great time to go to Japan – it’s so beautiful under the Sakura, and there’s so much happening. Hanging out with Marcos and Glyn (who flew up from Korea) was awesome – great company, and we got to experience parts of Tokyo that we never would have otherwise (thanks guys!). Japanese gardens are absolutely unsurpassed in beauty and detail – every step reveals a new, perfect photo opportunity. There’s a lot of super cool stuff to buy in Japan (we certainly got our fair share), including some really neat toys. Heated toilet seats are kind of nice (I suppose moreso for female types), but I’m not a fan of “posterior washes” (it’s kind of violating). You must have sushi at the tsukiji fish market at least once in your life (it’s soooo good).

We were there mostly for vacation, but I also squeezed in a little time to meet up with Mariko and Teiichi from Adobe Japan, as well as to show some of my recent work and hang out with some Tokyo Flashers. It was really great meeting everyone, and getting to see and hear about some of the cool work that’s going on over there.

Overall, one of the best trips I’ve been on. I’d strongly recommend it to anyone. I took a ton of photos, and might post some here when I have time. I’m going to have to do some re-working of my Sakura experiments to match all the photos I took.

Now I have to get busy and finish preparing for FitC Toronto (which I also highly recommend)!

Honeymoon in Southern Europe.

I’d love to say that following our wedding in June, Bobi and I rushed off to a romantic honeymoon – but we didn’t. Instead we rushed off to a couple of Flash conferences – FlashForward NYC, and Flash’n’Splash at the Banff Centre. Yes, I am a nerd.

These were both fun – NYC was a great chance to catch up with all our friends in the Flash world, and we went horseback riding and white water rafting in Banff – but they weren’t exactly a relaxing, or romantic.

Three months later, and I’m finally going to take my wonderful wife on the trip she deserves for putting up with me (grin). We’re going to be spending 3 weeks in September traveling along the Mediterranean through Spain, France and Italy. I’m a little stressed about leaving the business alone for that long, but I completely trust the the awesome people on my team, and have no doubts that they will keep everything rolling smoothly in my absence. Thanks guys! This will be my first trip in 3.5 years that is not business related, and that I won’t have my laptop with me – I’m betting on withdrawal symptoms within a week.

We will be stopping in Barcelona, Aix-En-Provence, Nice, Monaco, Venice and Florence. If you have any suggestions for things to see or do, cool restaurants, bars, etc to visit we’d love to hear them. It should be a wonderful break prior to speaking at MAX, and rolling out my Flash 8 workshop.

I’m a Married Man

Bobi and I were finally (9 years together) married on Saturday in the presence of our family and friends. It was a fun (though very tiring) day. The weather was even nice enough to clear up for the photos and the outdoor ceremony (which was lucky given the amount of rain we’ve had in the last week). I’ll be sure to post a few pictures when we get them from the photographer (could be a while).

Things are finally starting to settle down again, and I’m looking forward to married life. I certainly couldn’t ask for a better person to share it with.

Here’s a picture of the big honking man-ring I’m now lugging around.

Next post: glic update.

Dominatrix Girl Guides

Does your mother know you click on links with titles like “Dominatrix Girl Guides”? Sicko. πŸ™‚

Just some unintentional porn my girlfriend dug up while looking through her old Girl Guide stuff for costume materials. At first glance, it looks like a pretty interesting handbook…

Man, I can’t wait to see my search engine referral logs for this post. πŸ˜›