Winnipeg, right from Guelph

Started a new project at Wawanesa Insurance and already love it. It’ll give me the challenge I have been looking throughout the last part of my stay at the previous project. Although it was a fantastic client and I had absolutely no problem with the team, the work had gone from somehow interesting to almost boring which wasn’t their fault, a well planned project is always boring right before production deployment.

The new client is in Winnipeg (may be the only down side) which I haven’t had time to explore and also weather doesn’t let us to walk may be more than 100 meters. It’s a fairly straight forward implementation which my experience with Cooperators makes it more like a walk in the park (I should knock on the wood). Same issues, same integrations and same challenges. If all goes well, this will be a lot easier than Cooperators and we move much faster than that project. All said, I still miss that team, I had some good friends there.

So let’s see what Winnipeg, Manitoba has for me.



Cirque du Soleil

Had heard about infamous Cirque for years both here in Canada and back home in Iran I was more than eager to see one of their performances but my options were not so much. Either waiting here for them to come up with a new tour or take the hassle of a trip to Vegas which naturally I chose waiting for a new tour and that wait came to an end yesterday.

I originally planned it with a visiting friend but he being busy all the time with tons of post ponded stuff and I with my assignment at the time it didn’t happen. We even scheduled for it and started spamming each other with emails about when and how to go and what they can do to their kid but it died away on the way and we didn’t revisit the idea till they left for Iran last week so I decided I didn’t want to wait any longer and bought the tickets for the past Saturday.

Finding a good sit was another story, checking their web site, the seating chart was giving a false impression of a huge venue which made any seat other than directly in front of the stage worthless but not being an early bird made it extremely difficult to find a seat in front row so I settled with the next best and chose one in a slightly cornered section still with a good view of the stage and I’m glad I made that decision!

Show started on time with a couple of performers doing some kind of audience warm up here and there like the delivery guy looking for Mr. Ferguson and the balloon guy cheering up kids and then the main show started.

To make it short, it was a good presentation of a mediocre program. Not to undermine their efforts but I’d expected something more, something that lives up to the name of the Cirque and they had their share of hiccups here and there like they canceled part of the show due to “technical difficulties”. This said, however, their Circle of Death was one spectacular act which made the audience excited and terrified at the same time.

Bottom line is, Kooz, if only because of that Circle of Death was worth the 200 bucks we paid for that but I’d seen better shows in less glamorous presentations but it’s still Cirque du Soleil.

Good morning Dr. Chandra!

Well, I dunno if I’m going to write here frequently or just leave it alone for another two centuries but I’m here for now. Things have changed a little bit around here, the most obvious one is moving to WordPress. I’ve been playing with Joomla and MovableType for a while. Joomla was an overkill for what I needed and MovableType is horribly difficult to use (all right, no offense to Mena fans, but it is).

So far WordPress has been charming and welcoming to me and I hope it continues treating me like this. Set up was easy, adding a new theme even easier and adding a web gallery in a snap, what else I need? but never know, it can be just the starter luck …