A Tip for Introverts

Sometimes its tough being an introvert — especially in a room full of extroverts. All that pressure to make conversation and to be the life of the party. Here’s a tip that might help: Most extroverts don’t remember what they’ve told you. They’re so busy buzzing around the room talking to everyone, that they don’t…

The Best Awful

And so begins week #2 of our month apart. We’re planning for a brief respite from our separation this weekend, when I’ll hopefully be able to see my family for a little more than 24 hours (paid for with 18 hours of travel.) Otherwise we’ve been both been busy in our respective countries, taking care…

eLondon: A dead-tree technology blog, circa 2003

In 2003 I wrote a series of articles for a small but ambitious little technology magazine distributed in the London, Ontario area. The magazine, eLondon, made it for only two years, so I’ve archived what I still have for my own records. All of these articles were written by myself (Jon Wise) and are theoretically…

Not Getting Twitter

I realise I said this about Facebook not more than 2 years ago, and Myspace not long before that, but I am not signing up for Twitter. Twitter is like… stripping everything that’s good out of a blog, and increasing the frequency by a factor of 100. Think about it: the most basic, most boring…

The Dream of Evan and Chan

We now have new contact vitals, for those who keep address books and such things. We’re maintaining a US address as our primary mailing address for all non-urgent correspondence. Don’t ask for the Canadian one, because we’re months away from having one, and even then we won’t use it much. Our address, then, for your…

The Emporer's New Clothes

We interupt our regular programming to bring you this rant about sunglasses. Ladies, over-sized sunglasses are NOT attractive. I don’t know who started this trend, but they should be shot. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most stylish person around. The only sunglasses I can wear are the ones that…

One Word.

You see one word at the top of the page. You have sixty seconds to write about it. Try it, its fun! Write your own before you read the others. Mine’s on this page — don’t laugh, its hard to do in less than a minute!

No matter how far we've comeI can't wait to see tomorrow

Few things make me angrier than incompetence. I can show grace in most situations most of them time, but when someone is intentionally, or through sheer ineptitude, incompetent, it makes my blood boil. If you know what your job is and you’re capable of doing it, but don’t… I can’t take it! Want some examples?…

Stabbing Westward

Well we survived our first road trip with two babies! It was a long haul — about 9 hours. But the kids were pretty good, the roads were pretty clear, and the weather was beautiful (if a little hot.) We’re settling in at Nic’s parent’s place. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but…

Phase 1: Steal the Underpants

Tonight is Nicole’s last night in New York. To pull off this move, we’re doing it in 3 phases. Phase 1 kicks off tomorrow. We’ll move Nicole, Ben, Abi, my computer, clothes and bedding, toys and entertainment enough for all of them for a month. They’ll be moving into Nicole’s parents place for that month,…