My Journal

Traditionally, I used to journal a lot about training and racing, and have always randomly written about what comes to mind. Lately, I’ve begun to focus more on the issue of personal change and embracing minimalism. Anyway, really, this is just a place where I scribble the odd thought.

Training with Real Power

If you like more accurate data and the ability to use power while riding on the road, a power meter may be a better choice for training than virtual power. However, early into my journey with a power meter and ...

I’m back

It's been a while. In fact, it's been nearly six months since I wrote a journal post of any kind. At the beginning of the year, I noted that I wanted to begin a daily practice of journaling. My success ...

Progressing to Simple

I've been journaling my various back and gut maladies enough lately that I need not delve any further into that topic for the time being. As such, a brief update on the other main thing taking my attention; the march ...

Gut Instincts

It's amazing how quickly five days can evaporate when, between delicate personal issues, work and other distractions, you don't get anywhere near your daily journaling. Anyway, as I've alluded to a little, my preoccupation at the moment happens to be my ...

Tepid

If there's a word I hate, it's tepid. Nothing but a negative connotation, I always have a mental image of a cat gingerly dipping it's paw in water, shaking it off and walking away. From dictionary.com: adjective 1. moderately warm; lukewarm: tepid water. 2. characterized ...

Cemetery Dislocation

Bad run routing choices in a big snow storm and a little hidden ice begat a hospital adventure on icy roads, a gnarly upper body injury, a week off work and at least three times that long off cycling and ...

A Good Start to 2017

The biggest problem with deciding you want to make some significant change is the dilemma between just trying to do it all, or to prioritize and discern. I started with the former, but over the past two months I've had ...

Animal Arbitrariness

The past couple of weeks has been interesting to me, in that a few seemingly unrelated stories highlight just how arbitrary our feelings about animals can be. The randomness of which is usually a direct result of how humans benefit ...

Baby Steps

A while ago, I decided I wanted to focus more on creative pursuits; notably reading, regular journal writing, re-engaging with drumming and music, sketching, visual art, and the like. I'm definitely making progress on the first two, and if you ...

2016 ~ a brief recap

More good things happened around the world than you probably realize, while a few real shitstorms got pretty much all the headlines. Low mileage and a tight back marred an otherwise quiet year, personally. Oh, and multiple bugs, endless winter ...

Christmas 2016

We had planned to hit a number of local things this year, but just as we were beginning down that path a week before Christmas, we were hit with a nasty plague. Derailed from doing much except cleaning up and ...

Hope and Optimism

2016 has been a bad year, both culturally and politically. It's easy to be pessimistic and cynical if you allow yourself to be. I know I have ~ too much. However, I've also made a decision to try and let ...

Bugs

I won't even go into the persistent tightening of my lower right back, which according to all medical reports and treatment I've had thus far, is due to my QL muscle. I've lost enough riding and running to that alone, ...

Consideration

Or, rather a lack thereof. I know I'm not always as compassionate as I could or should be, but generally I think I manage to consider those around me pretty well. It's not hard. Don't jump queues, don't reach in ...

Donald Trump is saving me at least $1200

Enough has been written about President-elect Donald Trump, that it's somewhat pointless for a middle-aged Canadian guy to weigh in further. There are many theories as to why Trump was elected president. While I won't bother offering any new thoughts on the ...

A Victoria birthday weekend with a (better) half

Pre-race We took the 9pm ferry on Friday evening and, with the exception of eating crap, had a very uneventful trip to the Island. Check-in to our regular hotel was the usual breeze. We scarfed ferry terminal food in Tsawwassen coming ...

Should Pit Bulls be banned?

With recent media coverage of dog attacks, municipalities such as Surrey are considering revisions to their dangerous dog bylaws. A June 20th attack on a senior there was the latest high profile incident. In this particular case, the owner took off after his ...

Blogging renovation part 4; Contractor

It's between a little over eight months since we finished substantial kitchen and bath renovations. I waited this long to post my thoughts on the contractor, to remove (most of) the emotional component. We hired Aero Kitchen and Bath in ...

2016 BMO Vancouver Marathon; a brief report

This is a reasonably brief report, as I decided to go a little in-depth about my training experience before I ran, so that it wouldn't be tainted with whatever happened at the race. Pre-event From early Saturday afternoon onward, I focused on ...

It’s all over but the marathon

I wanted to write this before I ran so, regardless of how the day goes, the training will be documented from my pre-race perspective. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the marathon. Beginning with the 1998 Vancouver ...

We’re easily sold a bill of racist (and other BS) goods

Depending on which poll you believe, 67%, 68%, 72%, or 82% of Canadians agree with Stephen Harper, that women shouldn't wear a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. The excuse given is that it contravenes our standards, customs or some other Canadian ...

Blogging renovation part 3: Revelation

This post is long overdue. In fact, other than a couple small things being taken care of presently, our renovations have been finished for over a month and a half. We waited for ages for the final invoice and are ...

A considerably smaller BC speed limit cash grab

It's been quite some time, twenty months and one week to be exact, since I was given an excessive speeding ticket on Christmas Eve 2013. You can read all about the incident here. That's a rather long post that also ...

Blogging renovation part 2: Middle

In my first post about our renovations on May 24th, I wrote about the scope of the job and included a few pics of the areas to be renovated, the weekend before they were to begin. Generally, things have progressed ...

2015 Scotia Half race report

This will be a very short race recap. Originally, I'd wanted to focus on a few key half marathons and work hard to get my time back under 1:30. I had a pretty good start to that with the First ...

A long overdue update

At the end of January, I suggested these would be a twice monthly kind of thing in 2015, based on writing two of them by that time. Well, here I am nearly four months later and I still have just ...

Blogging renovation part 1: Genesis

I'm really doing this series of posts for my own benefit, so anyone else reading these may not get much out of them. It was a bit of a long road finding a contractor, so I'm not going to bother ...

2015, the year of the half

Staying injury-free for some time now (largely due to a little luck, regular core/stability work and hitting on the right training approach for me) and having a decent First Half time on what was really a mini 8-10 week training ...

One down, eleven to go

I guess these updates will be a twice-monthly kind of thing if January is any indication. That's OK, as that's probably frequent enough to keep myself honest on tracking my goals for 2015. I'm not sure they're of interest to ...

A good start

While it wasn't an explicit 2015 goal in my 2014 year-end review, I wanted to write a bit more on my journal. So, I guess this is the start of that, as well. However, it's not the main reason I'm ...

Off-leash

If there's one unfortunate byproduct of Vancouver's off-leash dog parks, it's clueless owners. Don't get me wrong. I love seeing a couple pooches hamming it up, running around like lunatics and generally getting their dawg on - when the owners ...

2014 in review

In terms of big things, 2014 was pretty subdued for me, and the second half of the year was downright sparse. That can often be a good thing. Without further adieu then, a general inventory of my year, with a ...

All I want for Christmas …

As my thoughts turn a little bit to the past year and what the coming one may bring, I give you my musings on the way I'd like things to be. I don't spend too much time regretting things I've ...

The awkward relationship between the BC SPCA and meat

I've always had difficulty with the relationship our society has with animals. Most people I know feel real compassion when companion or wild animals are treated badly or hurt. We donate, run, walk, cycle, and do any number of things ...

Darby; a dog’s life in pictures

I've been grappling with something for ten months. It was August of last year when Darby was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, and only a couple short weeks later when we put her down. I had intended to write a retrospective post ...

2014 Victoria Granfondo; riding ugly

Don't let the title of this post fool you. On most any count that matters, it was a great day. The ugly was pretty much all me and my legs. I can't really complain because the weather was great, the ...

A fine BCPSEA and BCTF mess

British Columbia public school teachers, represented by the BCTF, are undertaking rotating job action this week (and next, we just learned) to back contract demands. From Monday to Thursday, kids will be out of school one day per week, per ...

Brody the rescue dog

After Darby left us in the fall of 2013, it was really hard thinking of adopting another dog for some time. We felt robbed of time we expected to have with her, and given that we confer people-like status to ...

2014 Sun Run report and thoughts

I had one of my two go-to race breakfasts, opting for the double serving of oatmeal with brown sugar. The forecast had been for rain and a high of 10 celsius all week, so my weather expectations were low. But, ...

2014 Pacific Populaire ride report and quarter pole assessment

I don't have nearly as much to say about the 2014 Pacific Populaire, as I did in 2011. I've done a lot more, and significantly longer, rides in the three intervening years. I've managed a few 60-80k road rides this ...

2014 St. Patrick’s Day 5k

While it's hard to write a lengthy race report on a 5k, there's always something to learn be reminded of from any event and this was no exception. As I've been training more consistently and staying healthy, apparently I have ...

2014 Dirty Duo 15k trail race

I didn't expect to have back-to-back 15k races two months apart to start the 2014 season, as there was supposed to be a half marathon in February. A small spill and tweak two days prior to that killed it. All ...

Planned races for 2014

I haven't done a full season of racing since 2011, and that year sort of tailed off in the fall. 2012 and 2013 were very spotty and mostly lost due to my problematic left side. And, these issues do linger ...

BC speed limits and cash grabs

I’m a cyclist and driver who views most speed and traffic issues through a cyclist’s lens and who generally feels car drivers behave poorly when circumstances call for caution. Also, when it comes to urban neighbourhoods, traffic calmed areas and ...

2014 Chilly Chase 15k

I wanted to make sure I had a gauge for the First Half on February 16th. I'd contemplated the MEC 5k in Richmond last week or the Richmond Icebreaker 8k next week, but neither of those would allow me to ...

When the treatment causes the pain

One of the less pleasant aspects of going through my 40's has been the development of allergies. As of my last allergy test, I was allergic to dust, pollen and shellfish. While you don't see too many clams flying around, ...

Meet the new year, (not the) same as the old year

OK, so the title of this post might betray my age, but I love The Who and, in particular, Won't Get Fooled Again. While it's now January 4th and I've met the new year head-on, I really hope it isn't ...

Making sense of Christmas

It's not that I don't like the season. In fact I like it very much in some ways. It's just that, as an adult, I don't really get Christmas any more; certainly not what it is in 2013 anyway. I ...

December 2nd was wireless carrier freedom day … sort of

December 2nd was a big day for wireless subscribers in Canada ... sort of. If you renew or sign a new contract with a carrier in Canada after this date, the rules just changed substantially in your favour. Sure, Canadians ...

The way she probably wanted to go

The most shocking thing was simply the suddenness of it all. A month ago, as far as we could tell, we had a healthy dog closing in on 11 years old. By all outward signs, Darby might buck the big ...

Devastating news far too soon

As friends and acquaintances have asked, I've had to tell this story too many times now, and we're not yet at the final chapter. I'm writing this partly as reference for further requests, and partly to get the words down ...

A tale of two pass-cards

If you live in Vancouver, no doubt you're only too aware of a couple different examples of public service pass cards either presently being rolled out, or already in use. The Vancouver Park Board is currently offering their OneCard and ...

I thought this season would be different

It's almost as if my body knows it's getting close to being able to train hard and actually try to race when I run. I say this because, just as I get past some injury or condition and begin to ...

5 Peaks Alice Lake 2013

This was my third running race of the season, but I'm still just thinking of races as events this season. Despite the fact that I've been called a sandbagger for saying I'm not really racing yet, that's how I feel. ...

My funky foot part three; becoming a runner again

It's been ages since I felt the way I do now about running; a feeling I'd describe as quasi-euphoric. I won't go into any detail here about the trials and tribulations of the past 12-18 months. If you're really interested ...

The so-so Vancouver Marathon marketing customer experience

Since I'm a little cranky about email marketing and spam, I thought it might just be me. However, when I saw a couple tweets yesterday echoing my feelings, I knew I probably wasn't overreacting. On New Year's Eve, I registered ...

My funky foot part two; a holding pattern

In April, I outlined my experience to that point, with my left foot. At that time, after several months of annoying and somewhat perplexing symptoms, I expected that by now, I'd have more of a solution - perhaps a surgery ...

Rosenfeld Media Toronto UX workshops

Last week I hit Toronto for three workshops organized by Rosenfeld Media. Since I had to fly to Toronto to do them, it only made sense to do all three. My main purpose was, admittedly, to take Lou Rosenfeld's Adaptable ...

Designing with Agile with Anders Ramsay

Anders Ramsay was really an unknown entity for me as I got to day three. Like the other two workshops, this one was based on his book of the same name, though this one is yet-to-be published in 2013. The ...

Adaptable Information Architecture with Lou Rosenfeld

Lou Rosenfeld has been a well-known information architect for many years, with a strong and varied consulting background. Back in the 90's he wrote what is still likely considered THE bible on IA (and a must read for anyone who ...

Do-it-yourself Usability Testing with Steve Krug

Steve Krug has written two well-received books about usability, Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability and Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. This workshop was based entirely upon ...

Detesting Lance Armstrong: Why it’s not about the dope

There's little value in re-hashing the doping history of Lance Armstrong; at least the history as reported in USADA's Reasoned Decision, published last week. Depending on primarily witness testimony, it is a detailed and thoroughly documented indictment of the cyclist. ...

Ride2Survive

I tried typing with a sore, swollen wrist with Naproxen and Tylenol 3s in my system the day after the event - not the most effective way of writing. As such I had to get my thoughts down while this ...

Roger Waters breathes new life into 33 year old Wall

I've been a Pink Floyd fan since I was 16. At one point in my teens, I owned 17 albums and probably listened to Floyd more than any other band for a few years. It might have had something to ...

Why anti-cyclists have it wrong

As someone who both cycles and drives a fair bit, I've got no axe to grind with either side of the bicycle-automobile debate. I'm an equal opportunity hater when I see a member of either fraternity doing something stupid. I ...

My funky foot part one; symptoms and diagnosis

As I've told friends and people I ride and run with about the foot issues which are severely impacting me at present, I often get puzzled looks at the terms metatarsalgia and neuroma. I felt that, as opposed to lengthy ...

Veggie bouquets and animal brickbats for the Canadian Red Cross

I've never wanted to be one of those vegetarians. In truth, at one time several years ago, I probably was one of those vegetarians. You know, proud of my lifestyle choice and verging on being preachy and sanctimonious ...

Kicking cancer’s ass

Cancer touches almost all of us directly or indirectly. Finding a cure is very important to me, as I've lost relatives to the disease and have a healthy wife, in part, due to the kind of research this fundraising supports. ...

Seasonal wishes for religion, animals and greed

Given what Jesus purportedly stood for, I'm not sure he would have been too keen on how we've contorted his birthday celebration into an orgy for the senses. The reality, though, is that fewer people are attending church and, for ...

Crossing the line from Twitter to email

Design criticism discussions happen all the time on Twitter.  Frankly, it's an occupational hazard if you are in this line of work.  Late last week, someone I follow who also does UX work in New York, tweeted sarcastically that someone ...

5 Peaks Buntzen Lake race report

I really can't form an opinion on today's little jaunt around Buntzen Lake, the last of the 5 Peaks season. This is mainly because the last three weeks have been a frothy blend of non-training and IMS physio. ...

Grieving GranFondo

The day after what should have been a nice road ride from downtown Vancouver to Whistler has not brought me fond recollections. This is because, for the second of the ride's two year existence, I was not able to do ...

5 Peaks Whistler (Blackcomb) race report

I'm going to endeavour to keep these small race reports short. I won't go into detail about fighting our way out of Vancouver traffic Friday afternoon as rush hour started, or the uneventful drive up to Whistler in beautiful, ...

5 Peaks Mt. Seymour: not a race report

Since I want to make sure I capture a little something about all the races I do, I've done a short recap of today's 5 Peaks Mt. Seymour enduro. Earlier this week, due to snow and course conditions, they shortened ...

The CBC supports animal cruelty, Calgary style

There are many campaigns with which I do not get involved, even though I generally support them; causes with significant enough grey area that I am not riled to action. As a native Calgarian (and Vancouverite for the past ...

2011 Scotiabank Half race report

Yeah, I know I said I wouldn't track my racing and training any more for a while, but I've changed my mind - a bit.  I'm not going to do a monthly training journal, but I will still do race ...

5 Peaks SFU Enduro race report

This one's a week late - so kill me.  In truth, it's likely to be my last race report or journal post tracking my training for a while.  More on that shortly.  I must admit some disappointment with last Saturday's ...

2011 BMO Vancouver half race report

It took me a couple extra days to finally post this thing, but I've been pretty busy since Sunday. Sunday's half marathon was part of the BMO Vancouver Marathon's 40th anniversary running.  For me, the day was just about ...

5 Peaks Golden Ears race report

I'm not sure I should be calling these races right now, as that would suggest the normal cycle of preparation for such an event was followed. You know, tempos, track intervals, hill repeats, longer runs with race pace legs ...

Pacific Populaire 100k ride

The rain stayed away, but the day really never warmed up from the 9am start of the Pacific Populaire. I'd thought of doing this ride a few times before but something always got in the way. When I ...

Vancouver bike lane Nazis

This piece of subtitle editing is really good and this is a funny 4 minutes, well worth the view. As Christine pointed out on Twitter, I can't place the original movie either. Anyone know what it is? ...

St. Patrick’s Day 5k race report

A short race deserves a short race report, and I'll endeavour to keep it just that. When I registered for the St. Patrick's Day 5k, I didn't think I'd be laying off most of my training, doing knee exercises, ...

Expedia provides customer experience from hell

Expedia has horrific customer service.  My last experience with Expedia (which will truly be my LAST experience) began almost a year ago, on April 20, 2010.  I was closing in on the end of my Masters journey and we booked ...

First Half race report: more questions than answers

With regard to the weather, this race has serious horseshoes up its a**. That's a good thing, because like most other years the rain held off and the weather was very nice. There was a very strong field ...

Sled dog cull outrage reveals our complicated relationship with animals

Reaction to the Whistler sled dog massacre has been swift and strong. In case you are not up on your BC or Canadian news, it recently came to light that in April 2010, 100 sled dogs were killed during ...

2011 Steveston Ice Breaker race report

A race report on a flat, out and back 8k waterfront event is likely to be, well, uneventful. This is definitely in that category. However, one of the things I promised myself this year was that I would ...

Vegan transition year-end nutrition gut check

A couple months ago I outlined my return to a plant-based diet, starting back in early September. I am happy to report that I am progressing nicely in my dietary changes.  As a pretty athletic guy, I wanted to make ...

Becoming vegetarian again and other lifestyle changes

When I became a vegetarian the first time, it was a long time ago - probably about 19 years or so.  When I first turned my back on consuming animal products, I was all-in from the start.  I went vegan ...

Bad behaviour? Blame people, not social web tools

I can't imagine too many things more degenerate than the behaviour of a group of people at a rave in Pitt Meadows a week ago.  A 16 year old girl was drugged and gang-raped while a sicko took photographs.  One ...

Persona non grata in the United States of America

I'm just trying to come to terms with what can only be described as one of the single largest fusterclucks I have ever experienced in my 45 years on this planet. Even with a day to digest what happened, ...

Vancouver Marathon half marathon race report

This will be a pretty short recap. The weather was pretty unpredictable. Forecasts this week ranged from sunny and 18 celsius to rainy and 10 celsius. At 5am, when I got out of bed, it was overcast ...

Getting to the thesis research

Here I am, about a third of the way through my thesis year and I'm finally getting to the fun stuff, in that I'm actually doing research interviews as we hit the Christmas season. I'll admit that, from the ...

Clearing cobwebs and groinal eggplants

So, when I finally sit down to write my first journal entry in more than a month, what do I write about?  Why, my recent sports hernia operation, of course - and getting out of holiday mode and back to ...

Is cloud computing still blue sky?

As I lurch through this summer trying to finalize the thesis proposal which will frame a large part of my life for the next year, collaborative tools for learning are never far from front of mind with me. A ...

Anticipating intentions and meeting expectations

This week was a frustrating and interesting experience at work.  At the end of the week prior, I finally launched the new design of our program catalogue.  It's a little hard to explain or show what this means.  It's a ...

Grokking the literature review

I have to admit that I'm liking the literature review process, the more I understand the right approach. Having said that, I've not really done what could be classified as a real literature review yet. I did a ...

Defining thesis research questions

Getting down to the right research topic and asking the right questions to address it is a pretty challenging process. About the only thing I can say for certain is that I'll be looking at blogs at BCIT. ...

Pondering the thesis

So, now that I know I'm going to do a thesis for the second year of my Masters degree instead of more coursework and a smaller project, I'm facing a plethora of decisions. I've got a very basic concept ...

Can you really design experience?

I don't think so. I often think of the way we phrase things or the terms we use to refer to things. While 'user experience design' is actually in my own work title, I don't think it applies ...

2009 Boston Marathon race report

I have an odd history with marathons. I took a fairly large break from running up until a couple years ago and endurance races seem to be lumped into pre and post break categories. All my pre-break marathons ...

The week before Boston: taper, travel and hotel woes

The week prior to April 20th was a real doozy. Not only did I have to finish off a final paper for my present MA course, but in addition to getting ready to fly to Boston I also had ...

Poor experience takes away from nonprofits

A couple experiences I've had in the past week left me wondering whether a nonprofit would suffer from bad customer/user experience in the same way a business would. I figure that good causes can be cut a bit of ...

Learning to write in a changing, digital world

A couple of things I read this past week really struck a chord. It occurs to me that we really don't seem to be teaching people how to write for the emerging world. Over the past few months ...

Ridiculous rollovers add nothing

Sometimes a nifty CSS or Javascript trick to provide contextual information or a useful visual cue to your users adds a real touch.  The web is full of good examples.  Below are not three of them.  Sure, Web Designer Wall ...

Reflection and philosophy

The course I've just started this week in my MA studies is focused primarily on community-building for online learning.  We've been posting images that suggest facilitation and community and commenting on them.  The literature reading thus far has been - ...

The folly of free

I'll admit that I'm really qualifying the title of this, specific to business critical applications, regardless of what sector that business is in. We now seem to be in pre-bubble-burst 2.0, big-time. How long before the social web ...

When delivery method and subject matter are the same

The MA I'm pursuing right now is an interesting beast. One thing that has been very engaging about it is that what I'm studying is actually how I'm studying too. That is to say, while the subject matter ...

Grappling with the reality of always-on

With every issue for which the previous generation is ill-equipped to deal, the hand wringing begins anew. I recall only a few years ago, prior to the advent of the social media which now dominates the web, internet addiction ...

Serious barriers to going open

While the title of this post sounds gloomy and might make it appear that I don't favour opening up the web as much as humanly possible, in truth it's the exact opposite. However, I like to think I'm also ...

Writing collaboratively with Skype chat and Google Docs

I'd imagine most people find the benefit of Skype to be that of free long distance calls. As long as the person you're calling is also on Skype you can save airtime or long distance charges. That's great, ...

I’m a citation weakling

I'm getting my head around writing for graduate studies, but I don't think I'm using citations the way I probably should be to really provide effective support for arguments I'm making. Maybe it's my process. I just completed a paper ...

Testing designs on non-functional prototypes

I find myself grappling with the odd project management and user feedback issue as I trundle through the big project that takes up the bulk of my working day at present (and likely will through to next summer). In ...

Will post-sec embrace the open social?

The answer to this question seems to be largely dependent on what you read, and it probably also depends on what you want to use open, social software for. Based on some of the mailing lists and discussion forums ...

Residency wrap

I really could not think of much but getting a good night's sleep for a couple days after my Royal Roads residency ended last Friday. Now that I have had time to get through the rest of one of ...

The web as a research tool

The past couple weeks have been a real education when it comes to using the web for academic research. I am at different places on each of what I've identified (so far) as three primary knowledge streams of the ...

One gigantic learning cycle experiment

In my mind, there are two distinct ways of looking at what this group of great people has been through in the past two weeks. There's the side that forces you to look at yourself, examine your own beliefs ...

Online constructivism

As we all really begin looking at learning in the context of the web, it's interesting to take a look at some of the research around the effectiveness of the medium. How some of this information affects you probably ...

Team dynamics

Now that our first assignment is all done, but the short presentation later today, I wanted to reflect on team dynamics. It's fair to say that there was a challenge or two in this first project. I don't ...

Taming an MBTI beast

I found what we covered today to be a pretty important thing and it's left me struggling a bit to frame it in light of learning and working in a team environment. In our morning session with Hillary, the ...

First impressions of Royal Roads University

More aptly, this post might be called, "What I crammed into my first day and a half." Seriously, though, it's been a bit busy and this post will not do it justice. This is not to suggest that ...

Masters blogging

A lot of my writing on this site will now chronicle the trials and tribulations of obtaining a graduate degree while working full-time, trying to maintain a marriage and family, and hopefully still getting a little exercise along the way. Something ...

Digital rights and access under assault

It doesn't seem to matter what kind of access you want, or what you want access to. You're under assault, plain and simple. With the news last week that Bell and Telus customers will pay at both ends ...

Canned responses to C-61 letters

While I haven't yet printed, signed and sent any of the copyright petitions, I did manage a bit of an email writing spree regarding this hideous proposed legislation. Would it surprise you to know that I haven't had a ...

Does tech make us stupid, or just rude?

OK, so maybe not stupid, but apparently lazy. At least according to The Atlantic's Nicholas Carr it does. Based on the length of the piece, his writing chops are certainly still intact. Now my concentration often starts to drift ...

A reversable food crisis

The biggest problem with the current food crisis is not that it exists, but that it never should have happened in the first place and can definitely be reversed. And it’s not just the wrong-headed rush to create biofuels, but ...