Unpacking an Unhinged Twitter Troll

Twitter can be a nasty place, and at one time or another we’re all to blame. Real people have passionate discussions and sometimes go over the top. Or, misinformation gets called out with a saltier-than-necessary rebuke, while trolls and bots are everywhere, fanning the flames of reaction. The digital wall between people often means we say things and use tones we never would in person. Normally I wouldn’t write about something like this, but on … Read →

Cogent COVID thoughts on BC’s approach

Since we all have to exist in, and hopefully survive, this COVID-19 thing, British Columbia has been one of the best places in the world to be. Through a combination of good luck and the steady hand of BC’s Chief Medical Officer Doctor Bonnie Henry, BC’s case and death count has been low for the past three months. After we rushed home from Bali, things were in lockdown early and BC’s phased approach to re-opening … Read →

Entitlement

The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. The news is full of stories about American exceptionalism, international bullying and racist immigration policies. Daily, we see able-bodied people using handicapped parking spots and cars parking in dedicated bike lanes. People demand special privileges all the time, for no reason other than their certainty of being deserving. We are polarized because of our political or religious beliefs, to the point that we … Read →

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 lament the helmetless nimrod zipping his bike through stop signs with just as much gusto as I do the asshat in the truck who seems to take joy at blasting by a cyclist as fast … Read →

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 a family vacation to Honolulu for August 2010 to celebrate the end of what I put everyone through for the previous couple of years.  Writing a thesis is, by far, a better activity for single … Read →

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 an economic lull after the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics. As opposed to compassionate euthanasia, the cull was carried out via slit throats, bullets to the head and a mass grave. It appears to have been a … Read →