Go, Send or Disobey

Nine days until Asia. Five years since our last trip there. We have gotten entirely too comfortable here, and we can’t wait to be reminded of what life is like outside of this bubble we live in. Last time we went we weren’t parents, and the responsibilities we left behind weren’t quite so large. This…

A Wonderful Long Weekend

Monday was Victoria Day in Canada, giving us a long weekend that, as usual, we hadn’t planned anything for. We decided to go on a picnic, get some ice cream, and then hunt for some fireworks. We didn’t find fireworks, but we ran into our traveling buddy, saw hot air balloons take off in the…

A worthwhile week away

This is, barring some urgent event, my last business trip of the fiscal year. I’m at corporate headquarters for meetings and training, but also to remind everyone at the mothership that I exist before end-of-year reviews — its tough working remotely, although my team is very flexible and considerate about it. I’m gone for the…

Still Blogging This

A funny thing has happened to the Internet over the past couple years. A swing away from empowered, content-producing users back toward a corporate controlled ecosystem. I blame Twitter, and more recently Facebook, and even, just a little bit, Apple. See the real and amazing power of the Internet is democratization. My previous post ranting…

A conversation with our local cable company

Rogers Cable Direct Mail: Did you know that, compared to how you’re watching TV now, you could be missing out on so much more for your family: a more reliable picture in extreme weather conditions, more programming choices and more flexibility to watch what you want whenever you’re ready. Me: Um… I get my TV…

Triage

One of the side-effects of constant travel is that when you’re home, you’re in triage mode. Everything I think Imight want to do, gets quickly stacked against my current priority ranking, and some things, somewhat cruelly just don’t make the cut. If I’m home only for a weekend, then I want to spend most of…

Timers

Compared to the same month last year, we’ve dropped our energy useage from 2800 kWh to 2400 kWh. Want to know how we saved that energy (and money)? Timers. We have a fairly high-tech household, but not much more so than average. We have two computers, a couple laptops, two TVs, one in a home…