Friday, November 30, 2007

Me and the Robot

A couple of years ago became fascinated by product called Roomba by iRobot. It's a robotic vacuum cleaner that promised to clean your floors while you were out. iRobot
Corp. got it's start building mine sweeping robots for the military and
today leverages it's navigational technology to its consumer products.

Someone else to vacuum for me? It sounded great but I dismissed it as a
gimmick. Since then I've occasionally gone back to online forums and
websites to see what owners think. From what I can tell more than 80%
of owners are happy. An the latest models have me wondering if I should
get one. They also have floor scrubbers, shop vacuums, pool and gutter cleaners! After cleaning it finds it way back to it's charging base, how cool is that?

I have a cat so little tumbleweed balls of hair accumulate along baseboards and corners. I have a thing for clean floors and carpets (under couches and carpets are a bonus), so if I can come home to a relatively clean place after a hard day at work it might be worth the money.

Some folks might say I'm lazy but my free time is at a premium these days. I know I still have to haul out the hoover once an a while to get into the corners and stairs but I can live with that.

Will keep you posted.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

More on downtown

Downtown is turning out to be great.

It feels lively.
Strangers seem excited about something.
People look good (I used to go by for weeks without seeing attractive people).
Everyone seems happy.
The evenings are darker yet the downtown lights make up for it.
I'm more productive yet feel less tired at the end of the day.

Reality TV

I've personally declared my basement in a state of emergency. I say this because it will take the National Guard to clear the mess before I can start work on the renovations. I don't know how it became this way, perhaps in hindsight should have been more vocal or proactive about maintaining it's tidiness but maybe at the time I felt compelled to be a 'nice' person. Oh well, maybe in another life.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Back downtown

Friday Nov 1st marks my return downtown. In 1996 I started work with Scotiabank at the Eglinton complex for approximately 4 years. Then I switched jobs and moved downtown for another 4 years. In 2005 I moved back to Eglinton because my new management at the time thought it'd be better to work closer with nerds. Now I'm back at King on the same floor I used to be on. Walking down the corridors it's like nothing has changed except I have a nicer office now.

I do like it better than Scarberia though. There are much more things to do and I can always take a break from work by disappearing into the underground. The commute time is about the same and I'm lucky to get free parking downtown in a coworkers condo.