ʎɥɔɹɐuɐoʇdʎɹɔ — a review of This Machine Kills... →
BC votes →
Embracing the Z-axis — OKDG after action report →
Future classic — a review of The Windup Girl →
Quarterly review →
Arguments v. Beliefs and responsibility →
Finding Balance →
Startup Weekend Okanagan AAR →
Software Tree of Life follow up →
The Software Tree of Life: Finding the shortest... →
Negative 3D — A technical review of The Hobbit →
My year in film →
My year in books, 2012 →
From bits to atoms — a review of Makers →
Microcosmographia Academica →
It is your mind that changes you — a review of... →
The untapped talent well in Kelowna →
How I read →
Smart Masses →
From Belletrist to Blogger: What progress, and the... →
Startup Genome →
Space Networks →
Startup Kelowna: Events →
Startup Kelowna: Audiences →
Startup Kelowna: Network →
LeanCoffeeKL 60: Startup Communities →
Breaking fast →
Peer Progressivism — a review of Future Perfect →
Startup Communities →
Organization of No Organization →
Conversion to Octopress →
The Information Diet
During the first weekend of my information fast I read The Information Diet by Clay Johnson. I felt pretty sheepish when I came across this comment criticizing fasting: For most, I think this will yield an unsuccessful outcome. By the end of the fast, you’ll be so eager to plug back in that — like a food fast — you’re likely to binge as soon as you get the chance. Regardless I am...
The pledge: For the month of September I pledge to limit my media consumption. This means no Twitter, Google+, Path, Tumblr, Hacker News, Popurls , Intigi or Zite. It means no Apple blogs. It means no football podcasts or watching MOTD. I am limiting myself to 1 of each of the following sources: 1 Non-fiction book at a time 1 Fiction book at a time 1 Social network for interaction (App.net) ...
Time to think (revisited)
Harjj Taggar removed email from his iPhone. Some choice quotes: Having time to think is precious to me and it’s also incredibly important if you want to achieve anything close to original thought. … Once I realized the power of this I went on to delete more than just email. Facebook, Twitter and Quora apps have all been removed (for me Twitter has been the one I’ve missed the most). It’s been...
If you are moving DO NOT use Universal Truck...
If you are moving DO NOT use Universal Truck Rental. They want you to spend your time maintaining their vehicles, and pay for the privilege. The deal with these guys is that rather than having the overhead of a full truck depot, they have single trucks sprinkled across self storage facilities across Canada. Universal does all it’s business through the net and controls the trucks through...
Some thoughts on the potential Twitter exodus
A friend has abandoned Twitter. He is pretty early, but I suspect he is at the front of a potentially huge geek wave. I know what it is like to leave a platform. It can be tough, but there are a plethora of communication tools for the Internet. I moved to Twitter as my main conduit, but have always signed up for social networking alternatives (the latest being App.net), searching for the...
Iran’s Lost Territories
Although this DIA presentation on the “new” Great Game is too high level to be really insightful, and is guilty of being an OWerpoint (also see this example) in some places, there are some really handy slides detailing Iran’s claims to surrounding territories. Slide 29: Iran: Territories Lost and Gained Slide 30: Iran: Territorial Changes (1800 - 1900s) Obviously the...
The Unbucket list
Sometimes you do momentous things, things that every man should do. But sometimes, you do things that you never thought you would do in your entire life. These are collectively known as your “Unbucket List.” Last weekend we built a deck. I have photographic evidence. We are computer programmers. Our delicate fingers and slim wrists were not meant for this work. Furthermore, programmer’s...
Steven B Johnson's new book on the internet and... →
I have read a number of his works, including Emergence: And so, over time, a book I had written about social insects and video games and software algorithms started to feel more and more like a book about politics… I look forward to this book and hope it goes beyond the aspect of political organization via the web. My own personal politics have been informed and transformed thanks to the...
My first few days with an Android phone
[Sidenote: Funny how I just posted about leaving Apple and now I am talking about my new Android phone…] Alright, so a couple of Android observations after having this new Samsung Galaxy S3 for just a couple of days. I still haven’t adjusted completely, so I am trying to keep these observations limited to more objective things. First of all, the hardware: The screen is flippin’ huge and I...
Goodbyes & new beginnings
Today I am excited to announce that I will be joining Syndicate Theory, where I will be doing product development. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to put into practice all that I have learned about software interaction over the past five years. The team at Syndicate Theory are inspiring and I look forward to making great software with them. I would like to thank all my friends and...
aboveorbit.com: Launch →
My new space blog has been launched!
(Me talking about the concept behind LTU.) On Tuesday night I gave a short talk for the Okanagan Developer Group about my experience starting Lining Things Up and 5 topics that often come up when I talk to entrepreneurs. I thought it went pretty well. I wish I could have met with more people afterwards, but there is always next time. This was my first time attending an OKDG meeting, and since I...
Name my space blog
I have spent the last week diving into material on space exploration (see this previous post as to why). There is a ton of stuff out there and I would like to start posting thoughts and resources. I think there would be too much for this personal blog, so I have decided the best thing to do is setup another blog. But I need help. It is the most difficult part in starting anything: a name. I...
Instantbight.com: Interview with Chad Kohalyk… →
Check out the smoking desktop he designed! See my interview of instantbight.com