Homes, Websites, and Skateboards

I haven’t been able to keep my blog up as often as I’ve wanted lately because I’ve been busy with lots of different things in both personal and professional capacities.

Home Buying

My girlfriend and I are looking at buying a house soon, and as you’d expect, it’s a complicated process.  We’ve been spending months combing through home listings online and going to view them in person at open houses or with our Realtor.  We’ve been spending the rest of the time sorting through the details of lenders, the finances, taxes, and so on.  My girlfriend has done much more than I have, and I still find it extremely exhausting.

It’ll be great, at the end of all this, to go home to a house instead of an apartment, however, and that keeps me going through all the extra work.

Site Crafting

I’ve also been busy with website jobs.  I’ve been contracted to work on a site for a friend of my girlfriend’s uncle’s son, and it is in the second revision now.  Unfortunately, my laptop hard drive broke (again!) and my working files are all lost, until I have time to plug the drive into my desktop computer to see if I can recover any of it.  Normally this wouldn’t be much of an issue for a website, because I’ve usually got an online copy floating around somewhere, but this site needed a Flash element built in, and I never upload FLA files, so I’m probably going to have to rebuild it.  Not fun.

I’m also working on a revision to the look of my buddy Andrew’s website, noLove Skateboarding.  It’s coming along really nicely, but because of the increased activity in the aforementioned house hunt, I haven’t been able to put as much time into it lately as I would like.  “Not enough time in the day” seems to be a recurring theme for me these days.

By the way, the new site isn’t live yet, so if you visit the link above, brace yourself for our original janky design.

Marty Decks

On the upside, one of the other projects I’ve been involved with for noLove (putting my tree painting onto a skateboard), has finally come to fruition – and I even have one of them in my possession now!  All things considered, the final product looks pretty nice, and after taking an impromptu trip to one of the local skate shops, I think the art stands out a lot more than a lot of the generic crap out there.

You can buy a noLove tree deck from my buddy Andrew.  Drop him a line on Facebook or Twitter.


  1. xot - Over a year ago

    Sorry to hear about your hard drive. That’s got to be the worst feeling a developer or artist can feel. It reminds me of how badly I need to update my back-ups.

    Good luck on the house hunt — or better yet, buy mine! It may increase your commute time by several days … a week tops.

    1. Martin - Over a year ago

      This was the second hard drive that broke in my laptop – this one being the warrantied replacement of the original. Both were Seagate 5400 RPM drives.

      Because the laptop wasn’t under warranty anymore though, I replaced it with a larger, Western Digital 7200 RPM drive… and put Windows 7 on instead of Vista (came pre-installed). The laptop runs much better now, so I’m happy for that. I only hope that I can pull some of my old work off the old drive at some point. Not only did I have all the working files for the website I’m working on, but also a few GM bits and pieces I would have liked to keep.

      Good luck on the house hunt — or better yet, buy mine! It may increase your commute time by several days … a week tops.

      Haha, thanks. I’m not sure if I can stand much longer of a commute though… I start to get pretty cranky even if it takes me just 10 minutes too long sometimes! :D

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