2019.08.18, Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Today a fellow named Paul who is not our neighbour but rather the neighbor of a friend in Fenelon Falls took us out on his boat.
on Paul's boat2019.08.15, Toronto
Our neighbors Paul and Margaret took The Boy and me out on their sailboat today.
busy weekend2019.08.11, Toronto
This weekend we had plans on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon/evening, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon/evening.
killing things on my bike2019.08.08, Toronto
I related to a friend how I'd accidentally run over a small snake on my bike, and then nearly hit a dog and he said, "At least you didn't kill a child.
amazing but obvious2019.08.07, Toronto
Cheers to Cloudflare for taking the amazing but I have to say rather obvious step of taking 8chan off the air.
when a cyclist drives2019.08.03, Toronto
Driving in an unfamiliar area, I was shocked to see a terribly-uneven railroad crossing immediately before us.
Porter's five forces2019.07.26, Toronto
Today I read a story about Intel's apparently upcoming ouster from Apple's lineup - pretty shocking stuff; remember MBA graduates, Porter's five forces have been established for a long time.
46°C in France today2019.07.25, Toronto
So France and other European countries are setting record temperatures; in these cases I'd like to tell my kids that we did the best we could for the world but we all know that that's a blatant lie.
starting up an old project2019.07.25, Toronto
I've decided to resume the novel project I set aside eleven+ years ago when my son was born.
writing loveletters to politicians2019.07.23, Toronto
Today I wrote to emails of thanks to the Toronto Mayor and the city Councillors that took the lead on the recent spate of directives to make the city's streets safer.
to what could this be referring?2019.07.22, Toronto
The Late Show had a faux 'Wheel of Fortune' style puzzle tonight, for which I just couldn't pick a single answer.
selling my work online2019.07.20, Toronto
Today I put a manual of policy and procedures on risk management for small non-profits for sale on my "professional" website.
old memories triggered by the weather2019.07.19, Toronto
The weather today perfectly reminded me of hunting for tadpoles and Oma's cooking, while staying with the old folks on vacation from Calgary 35 years ago.
bike sharing stations everywhere2019.07.18, Toronto
I am happy to report that the city's parking authority is in no way fooling around with the bike-sharing project - there are bike stations everywhere, now*.
not at all a real-estate bubble2019.07.15, Toronto
Even if you wanted to buy a place in Whitby or Brampton (or Milton!) you're now paying a 50% premium over Ottawa or Calgary or Montreal.
what does 2475 dollars get you in Toronto2019.07.13, Toronto
I saw a (badly written) article about new apartment building construction in Toronto that contained this line: "bringing the cost of an average-sized unit of 794 square feet to $2,475".
happiness is ditching a bank2019.07.12, Toronto
I closed a credit card account of 18 years standing because of one bad call to a bank; I don't know why banks can't be bothered to solve problems for long-term clients but this just forced me to move more business to my credit union.
switching to v-brakes2019.07.11, Toronto
I've done some math and it seems that riding a bike for the past eight years has saved me $9,000 in TTC fares.
162cm and growing2019.07.10, Toronto
My son's above the 98th percentile for height; I was hoping he'd avoid a lifetime of backache and poor shoe selection but no.
that's mr wernebung to you2019.07.09, Toronto
When I called up the Canadian Red Cross to give them a new credit card number the fellow took down my name as Wernebung; I'm glad that's not how it's spelled.
the Boy's big opportunity2019.07.02, Toronto
Our son plays tennis, and his club has just asked him to join a new youth program that will see him get a lot of exposure this summer.
in our first parade2019.07.01, Toronto
Today all four of us rode our bikes in the East York Canada Day parade.
a movie with The Girl2019.06.29, Toronto
I took our daughter to see Toy Story 4 today - it was the first time the two of us have seen a cinema movie together alone.
opportunities to fish2019.06.28, Toronto
We've rented a cottage for the last week in August, and have also decided to go fishing this weekend.
my date with Kevin2019.06.24, Toronto
For the first time, I met a colleague I'd worked with remotely for four years - he suggested we meet as he was visiting Toronto.
The Girl's first recital2019.06.23, Toronto
The Girl gave her first piano recital today, and I tried my hand at phone video recording, which I usually avoid.
the fridge that ran2019.06.19, Toronto
Our fridge is eleven years old and won't stop running; no wonder we have an $80 hydro bill every month.
flooded beach like glass2019.06.18, Toronto
I for one welcome the flooded Woodbine beach - this morning the water was like glass and it reflected gorgeously.
longer bike rides2019.06.16, Toronto
Mari joined The Girl and me on a ride down to the Leslie Street Spit today where we saw a turtle and some big fish.
bells on Danforth2019.06.15, Toronto
Today I joined hundreds of other cyclists in riding the length of Danforth Avenue from Withrow park in the west to the Oakridge Community Recreation Centre in the east.
lotsa email from my pal Cron Daemon2019.06.12, Toronto
The Boy was watching me struggle with my inbox, and asked who "Cron Daemon" is and why I didn't spend much time on his email.
shred those parking tickets2019.06.10, Toronto
I saw a truck from one of those document-shredding services with two parking tickets on its windshield; I somehow suspect I know what'll happen to the tickets.
the girl's first ride2019.06.08, Toronto
I took The Girl on a ride on her new bike; about four kilometers under glorious sunshine.
an sd-wan breakthrough2019.06.07, Toronto
At work, we've made a real breakthrough with the performance of our software.
crapped on in June2019.06.05, Toronto
For the 19th time in my life, I've been crapped on by a bird.
car expenses piling up2019.05.31, Toronto
It's amazing how quickly the car repair bills pile up when your warranty expires.
a new bike for The Girl2019.05.24, Toronto
I'm buying a bike for The Girl, and I'm finding the process surprisingly difficult - when did kid's bikes become so awful? By awful I mean, why should a bike for 20kg child itself weigh 20kg? Why is $300 only enough for a single-speed bike with a coaster brake? Why does a light bike with front- and rear-brakes cost $450? Anyway, we're going to sell the kids' balance bike and the cycle trailer and spend a bit more to get The Girl something lighter and better-featured.
unnecessary goop2019.05.23, Toronto
I bought some goop to remove a rubbery-looking streak from the side of our car only to find that the auto shop had removed it for me.
that's it, I'm off to Collision2019.05.22, Toronto
Joining the boss today at Collision conference here in Toronto - it's a conference for startups and their investors.
what I'd look like as a woman2019.05.14, Toronto
Last night a colleague took a pic of me through some app that slapped a woman's 'do on me and made my features more feminine.
woodbine beach is flooded again2019.05.13, Toronto
Thanks to high water levels and a few days of east winds, a great deal of Woodbine beach is under water again this year.
three months to fix a fender-bender2019.05.03, Toronto
Between Sonnet insurance and Toronto Honda it's taken 3 months to fix a bumper cover; I now have to actively manage both daily.
the soaking of the year2019.05.02, Toronto
I can't recall having gotten so wet at such a low temperature as cycling into the wind of last night's rainstorm at 5°.
April freezing rain brings May d'oh2019.05.01, Toronto
This year in Toronto it appears that April freezing rain showers bring May well not flowers more like almost-freezing rain showers.
proud moment in bike repair2019.04.29, Toronto
I replaced the stem on The Boy's bike with a taller "riser" stem - this required rebuilding the front brake and it all went rather well.
stolen bike part2019.04.26, Toronto
I'm not sure why someone would stoop to stealing one of these, but it happened to me this week.
moving sidewalks2019.04.25, Toronto
I just learned that Billy Gibbons had a band before ZZ Top.
the weather has finally changed2019.04.24, Toronto
I don't know how it's taken so long this year but the weather has finally changed for the better some six months after the first snowfall.
another Easter egg hunt complete2019.04.22, St. Catharines
Another successful Easter egg hunt this year, the bunny was credited with doing a good job with the eggs–but we only recovered 96%! .
two bikes2019.04.17, Toronto
How nice it is to take a bike ride with a small child, unsteady perhaps but growing in confidence and excited to explore the world.
scranos weaponized malware2019.04.16, Toronto
So, this Scranos is a mutable piece of malware with a great deal of capability and it's still just getting warm.
king street pilot is permanent2019.04.16, Toronto
Every day I cross the center of Toronto's downtown via street only usable by transit, taxis and bikes - not a big idea globally but new to TO.
31 ways to misspell a name2019.04.14, Toronto
The Boy told us of a couple of misspellings of our family name today–I dutifully noted them to my amusingly long list.
pranking The Girl2019.04.09, Toronto
The Girl wanted me to put a copy of some Taylor Swift song she'd bought onto the MP3 player she uses in the car (yes, an MP3 player–it's several years older than she is).
switching database extensions in PHP2019.04.07, Toronto
I must be the very last person on Earth to migrate a substantial PHP project from the antique mysql_ functions (which went out with MySQL 5.
why don't you get a job?2019.04.06, Toronto
I hope some day when I tell my kids "Why don't you get a job" or "Why don't you get a degree" they play this song at me in response.
map of impact craters on Earth2019.04.03, Toronto
In one of our discussions, The Boy and I wound up looking at an amazing map of the impact craters that dot the Earth.
rapa nui statues2019.03.29, Toronto
So it turns out the famous "Easter island" statues are only found near sources of fresh water.
happy 80th, dad!2019.03.27, Toronto
Happy birthday, dad, and thanks for everything! Us, a great deal younger.
farewell to my non-profit board2019.03.26, Toronto
Tonight was my last night of service on the board of directors of Cycle Toronto, an advocacy organization with a vision of a future city that's safe for cyclists.
defeated commuters2019.03.20, Toronto
Still feeling vindicated in riding my bike to work in some chilly conditions.
yardworks we like your shovels2019.03.17, Toronto
We use snow shovels from "Yardworks" - in the interest of product failure analysis, here are some pics of one shovel that broke.
happy Pi day, everyone2019.03.14, Toronto
I usually celebrate this day by returning to my bicycle for my commute.
skiing and show-shoeing2019.03.10, Collingwood, Ontario
The Girl has a classmate with some very generous parents: they invited us with them to a condo they'd rented at the Blue Mountain resort in Collingwood.
everybody loves hypnotoad2019.02.11, Toronto
If the fine folks who produced the Simpsons and Futurama had nothing more to say on the nature and quality of televisions shows, they need only have said this.
11,600 emails2019.01.26, Toronto
In 2017 I received 18,000+ emails (not including work).
watch out, moon!2019.01.21, Toronto
The rate of major meteorite strikes on the Moon is increasing.
music with a telegraph machine2019.01.20, Toronto
The Boy asked what a telegram is, I turned to Youtube for a demonstration of a telegraph machine, and of course that led to: .
latest watch crush2019.01.12, Toronto
It's been too long since I posted about my latest watch crush.
tempus fugit2019.01.11, Toronto
It's been a full month since I posted something to my twenty year old journal.
still limping2019.01.04, Toronto
I'm still limping from having (probably) broken a bone in my foot.
CIA no more2019.01.01, Toronto
Whoopsie, I seem to have forgotten to renew my Certified Internal Auditor designation.
goodbye, 20182018.12.31, Toronto
People seemed to behave like 2018 was a bad year, but I think I had a good one.
a friend turns fifty2018.12.19, Toronto
I had a rare get-together with a friend tonight, a few days before his fiftieth birthday.
a live turkey vulture2018.12.12, Toronto
Today a turkey vulture landed in our back yard; I was able to get the kids to my window to see it take off.
the week that wasn't2018.11.19, Toronto
November in Toronto, when you can say, "Thank god we carried the sofa down all those stairs before it started snowing".
musical talent2018.11.03, Toronto
Our ten year old made a song with his iPad that's on par with much of the electronic music you hear today from adults.
broken foot2018.10.29, Toronto
I think I can confirm after several days of throbbing and inflammation: I've cracked a bone in my toe or foot.
international cluster2018.10.27, Toronto
For kicks, I've turned my website into a cluster running out of New Jersey and Amsterdam across two hosting companies.
farewell to AWS S32018.10.20, Toronto
I've figured out how to cut my spend on hosting my websites from $15 to $6.
two day retreat2018.10.05, Toronto
For the past two days, I joined a client's executive team and board on a strategic retreat that started with "What do we do as a company?" (which led to a substantial revelation) and followed that all the way to which executives would own what crucial initiatives this year, and which would follow on through the next two years.
parental controls2018.10.05, Toronto
So it's come to this: we've had to institute the parental controls on The Boy's Nintendo Switch.
18,000 emails in 20172018.09.18, Toronto
According to my inboxes, I sent or received 18,000 emails in 2017.
the long ride2018.09.17, Toronto
I started a new commute today, some 13+ kilometers across the city center.
replaced the shifters on my bike2018.09.07, Toronto
Today I took some time out from my job search and non-profit commitments to change the gear shifters on my bike.
on execution2018.09.03, Toronto
Today I read an excellent post on getting things done, by a City of Toronto executive.
daddys flabby belly2018.09.03, Toronto
This morning our dear daughter re-introduced me to one of her friends: "This is my daddy, and my daddy's flabby belly.
oracle cloud is unavailable2018.09.01, Toronto
I'm jobsearching, and came across this odd warning when following a lead: As my friend and former colleague Adrian put it, "Nice, a dinosaur caught in a tar pit".
good times and a cupcake2018.08.31, Toronto
I had the best cupcake of my life today, from a place on Gerrard called the Hype Food Company.
CIA for five years2018.08.28, Toronto
It's been five years since I wrapped up a year - and five hundred hours of study - toward the Certified Internal Auditor designation.
chasing the garbage truck2018.08.28, Toronto
Both of my grandfathers were known to chase down the garbage truck and get something precious back that their wives had thrown away.
yonder coming Putin2018.08.27, Toronto
I wrote a folk song based on "The Midnight Special" about today's political events in the US.
wow YYZ terminal 32018.08.25, Toronto
I had the pleasure of picking up a friend at YYZ's terminal 3 today, such a refreshing change from the spacious and beautiful terminal 1! Honestly, how is that cramped and shoddy mess still a part of an airport that's seen growth by 15,000,000 passengers per year since 2010?.
the kids are home2018.08.18, Toronto
I can tell the kids are home: I had to wade through Japanese educational toys to get to the bathroom, where the sink was 2/3 full of soap foam.
on the water at 6:302018.08.14, Toronto
I was out on the water at 06:30 again this morning, fishing and watching the sailors, paddle-boarders, and kayakers.
stress and weight gain2018.08.11, Toronto
I've lost nearly 3kg since a highly stressful contract ended six weeks ago.
drama on the waterfront2018.08.10, Toronto
This afternoon I noticed a lot of sirens, and the presence on a number of helicopters.
day of the worm2018.08.09, Toronto
I got on my bike despite the heat, and put another 15km on my bike doing chores today.
survived some flooding2018.08.07, Toronto
There was flooding in Toronto tonight, and twitter was alive with astonishment; I couldn't help but think of the typhoons.
long point disappointment2018.08.05, Long Point, Ontario
This morning "grandma" and I drove from Saint Catharines to Long Point on Lake Erie hoping to see the provincial park; we failed.
urban cycling2018.07.31, Toronto
It feels strangely good to be back; it must be the jetlag, which is monumental.
one final venture onto the sea2018.07.28, Nichinan, Miyazaki
It was my final weekend in Japan, and Mari's uncle took us out on the water one last time.
fishing in a river2018.07.26, Ayacho, Miyazaki
To take a break from the fishing, we headed into a woodland preserve in Kyushu's interior - but things did not go as planned.
back on the water2018.07.24, Nichinan
Today we went back out on the sea with Hosoda-san for what became the Day of the Snapper.
a long day on the go2018.07.21, Japan
We spent the night in an interesting little hotel that's next to one of the main Japan Rail station in Matsuyama.
Who built the world2018.07.20, Nichinan
Today six-year-old Emma asked "Daddy, who built the world?" And she actually listened to the response!.
onsen on a hot day2018.07.18, Matsuyama
Today we left Hiroshima for the ancient hot-spring city of Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku.
small fish day2018.07.16, Kushima, Japan
We went out with Mari's uncle once again, this time with Mari and Emma.
on the sea again2018.07.15, Kushima, Japan
Mari's uncle took us out on his boat, today.
deep sea fishing2018.07.13, Toronto
Today I went deep-sea fishing for the first time, and caught some unfamiliar but delicious species.
The Boy in grade five2018.07.09, Miyazaki
Ken attended his first day in grade five, today - all of a week after his last day of grade four.
revenge of the swallow2018.07.09, Miyakonojo, Japan
Perhaps I had it coming when a swallow crapped on me this morning.
the Tokyo train museum2018.07.05, Toronto
Today went to Omiya - the distant part of the city where Tokyo's fine train museum can be found.
disney sea2018.07.04, Toronto
Today, inevitably, we wound up at Disney Sea.
Today's outing was to a place called Kidzania.
off to Japan2018.06.29, Toronto
We're leaving in the morning and for once I've had time to pack (because I ended my service at work two days before the contract ended).
moving on2018.06.26, Toronto
After a year-long contract that saw 50-55 hour weeks every week, it's time to set aside the labor at last, and take a vacation.
some weird sin2018.06.24, Toronto
To de-stress, I've been playing the original 1991 version of Civilization.
voting on a beautiful evening2018.05.30, Toronto
Tonight I took The Girl out for a walk along the boardwalk so I could vote in the advanced polls - it was a beautiful night for a stroll with a six year old.
broke another spoke2018.05.22, Toronto
For a second time in the past month, I've broken a spoke - these new bike wheels seem to have a problem.
a fine day on Toronto islands2018.05.21, Toronto
We decided to go to the Toronto islands today, to enjoy the blue skies and endless expanse of green grass.
fracking the human being2018.05.19, Toronto
Discretionary energy is a term used to describe optional effort that an employee might put into their job.
the broken spoke2018.05.09, Toronto
A spoke broke on Friday; when I got it fixed, the mechanics told me the problem was "too much weight".
happiness is a new camera lens2018.05.03, Toronto
In preparation for our trip this summer, I've bought a lens for my four-thirds system, a Rokinon 12mm.
The Boy sweeps his track meet2018.04.27, Toronto
The Boy won four 1st place ribbons at a track meet, the most in his grade; there are only nine events.
happiness is new wheels2018.04.23, Toronto
I'm back on my three-season bike, and the new wheels make an enormous difference! Spending four months almost exclusively on the TTC was quite a drag: I tend to pick up infections, and I certainly don't get an exercise.
an ice storm and a felled tree2018.04.15, Toronto
I was just sitting at my desk at home when I heard a great wrenching sound - one of the old hardwoods along the property lines between our places and the next had snapped in twain halfway up, with the crown crashing down where there are usually several cars behind a small apartment building.
what's that humming2018.04.14, Toronto
There are a couple of strange noises about the small apartment building where we live: a noisy wheedling sound, and apparently a persistent hum.
privacy at Facebook2018.04.02, Toronto
The recent flap about the Cambridge Analytica breach at Facebook has people talking about privacy issues pertaining to that website.
the fishing trip that wasn't2018.03.31, Toronto
The Boy and I tried to go fishing today, but wound up spending three hours at a Canadian Tire.
the breakdown2018.03.20, Toronto
Cycling to work today, my winter bike brown down: the cassette was spinning freely on the rear axle.
where is my mind2018.03.09, Toronto
From time to time, I play "my music" at the children; recently my son's taken to learning to play the stuff on the piano.
crapped on again2018.03.07, Toronto
I discovered splat of bird crap on my shoe; my sixteenth crapping upon by our flying friends.
the planning fallacy2018.03.04, Toronto
Today, while pursuing one of my hobbies, I discovered something called the planning fallacy.
back on my trusty steed2018.02.26, Toronto
With the weather suddenly (and suspiciously) nice, I hopped on my bike for work today, grinding rust off the chain and unironing my shirt.
unstrangled at last2018.02.23, Toronto
After years of substandard home network performance, I've finally taken the plunge and built a proper network at home.
skunked at 4:202018.02.19, Toronto
I should have realized that our anticipated ice fishing trip would be a bust when I encountered a skunk in our backyard at 4:20.
Valentine's day vm backup plan2018.02.14, Toronto
I'm working on a project in which the data set is so sensitive that backups to long-term media – or outside the production network segment – aren't permitted.
Facebook is troubling2018.02.12, Toronto
The other day, I realized that my regular use of Facebook as part of my advocating for safe cycling infrastructure in Toronto was having some negative effects.
how to look silly – bicycle addition2018.01.22, Toronto
If I ever cared about my appearance, it's not as I start pushing fifty; this is how to look silly on your bike, in the name of safety.
replaced the bracelet on my SARB0332018.01.15, Toronto
This Christmas, I replaced the bracelet on my Seiko SARB033 with a nice leather strap - I think it looks much better, and haven't taken the watch off since.
hand-rolling backups like in the 90s2018.01.12, Toronto
I've once again found myself hand-making a backup solution when a large organization has proved incapable of deploying a sensible solution.
getting to work in the snow, darkly2018.01.08, Toronto
The fates just didn't want me getting to the office, today: I woke with a head cold, in a power outage, as the snow sheeted down.
frozen Niagara falls2018.01.07, Hamilton
We're going to check out the frozen Niagara falls before everything melts again, tomorrow.
more nerd news2018.01.06, St. Catharines
Five years ago, I bought an external USB 3 device - two weeks after I finally have a USB 3 capable system, the external drive has died.
the pay-off2018.01.05, St. Catharines
I had one of those milestone days today, where months of work on various projects comes together all at once.
here comes Japan2018.01.04, Toronto
We're going to spend as much of the summer as we can in Japan, in 2018.
coming to the Americas2018.01.03, Toronto
I think it's really amazing that they're able to use DNA and archaeology to work out the history of ancient peoples with fair confidence these days.
growing kids2018.01.02, Toronto
I measured the kids this morning: The Boy's at 153cm, and The Girl's at 115cm.
unwelcome news on new year's day2018.01.01, Toronto
We've just received word that our application for an apartment suitable for our growing family has been denied.
goodbye, 2017, you wretch2017.12.30, Toronto
A friend died, I lost my job, the fishing was relentlessly terrible, and I spent half the time scrambling.
hackintosh no more2017.12.29, Toronto
So my hackintosh has proven unstable - so much so I broke down and bought a Windows 10 license.
so much for peace2017.12.28, Toronto
Yesterday I said that all was peaceful in the last work week of the year; I forgot some of the things that have to happen for year's end revenue-recognition purposes.
home again, back to work2017.12.27, Toronto
The primary benefit of working during the Christmas break is the peace: time for documentation!.
Boxing Day in Canada2017.12.26, Toronto
Working for a US firm, as I am once again, I'm at a loss to explain Boxing Day to Americans.
first Christmas without Santa2017.12.25, St. Catharines
On this, the first Christmas after The Boy learned about Santa, he reports that it's "just not as exciting".
hackintosh is go2017.12.24, St. Catharines
I spent 90 minutes assembling my new hardware, and then a few hours installing the OS, but I've got me a hackintosh.
driving in a winter paradise2017.12.23, St. Catharines
Driving to grandma's house in St Kitts for X'mas we found fresh snow lining the grape vines and tree branches; beautiful.
white Christmas2017.12.22, Toronto
It snowed overnight, returning the landscape to a wintry white just days before Christmas.
migraine summary for 20172017.01.31, Toronto
It looks like I lost three days outright to migraines in '17, and had to take strong migraine drugs some 84 other times during the year.
I've taken the plunge - I'll be installing the OSX license from my now-defunct Mini onto some generic PC gear.
goodbye, mac mini2017.12.20, Toronto
My mac mini's up and died, and it looks like Apple wants $1,700 for another one - which ain't gunna happen.
the longest board meeting2017.12.19, Toronto
The board meetings that involve the annual operations and budget reviews are always long - but this one was only 2 1/2 hours.
the price of bitcoin2017.12.18, Toronto
Adrian in Japan sent an interesting link to the writings of a bitcoin skeptic.
those who need closure2017.12.15, Toronto
From a Youtube video, today I learned that there are two types of people; those who need closure -.
FOOSH goes the cyclist2017.12.14, Toronto
My mum works in the medical field and shared a slideshow about FOOSH injuries - fell on out-stretched hand.
latest watch crush2017.12.12, Toronto
My latest watch crush is thin, square, and digital - but not smart.
It seemed, when riding this morning, that I'd timed the switch to the beater perfectly: the city had coated the streets with salt.
happiness is an old bike2017.12.09, Toronto
I picked up the 25-year-old bike I'm using for the winter, today - I'd forgotten how light it is.
too busy for email2017.12.08, Toronto
I was so run off my feet at my client site I didn't send a single personal or business email all day.
two hours of budget talks2017.12.07, Toronto
When you sit on a board of a non-profit, there shall be annual budget reviews, and they shall be long.
Best. Tree. Ever2017.12.06, Toronto
We skipped the expensive trees we've been getting in the Beaches, and got our best tree to date at a grocery store.
why The Girl wants to be a mom: cola2017.12.05, Toronto
Our five year old daughter says she wants to be a mother for the reason that once she is, she'll be allowed to have a whole can of cola.
I spy, says the five year old2017.12.04, Toronto
The Girl had us in stitches, today, with her attempt at "I spy" - she would literally look at what she had in mind.
a network outage and a scramble2017.12.01, Toronto
I had the unusual start to my day of getting to the office to find the network completely out; so I scooped up my laptop and headed home.
a year-end party2017.11.30, Toronto
Cycle Toronto's staff and board had our Christmas/holidays/etc party tonight, out in the west end.
the neglected fountain pen2017.11.29, Toronto
During the height of the craziness when I was doing my masters degree, my brother gave me a fountain pen.
how to fold paper2017.11.26, Toronto
This weekend, The Boy showed me how to make his favorite airplane, and The Girl showed me how to make a paper Santa.
beater bike don't go too fast2017.11.25, Toronto
I patched up everything I could on my beater bike, a 25 year old mountain bike with extended handlebars and seat post.
happy Fibonacci day, everyone2017.11.23, Toronto
It's Fibonacci day, 11/23 - derived from the sequence in the Fibonnaci series where you find each number by adding the two before.
three good things2017.11.22, Toronto
As part of my ongoing attempts to get my migraines under control, I'm trying to recognize more good things as they happen.
Seiko's spring drive2017.11.21, Toronto
I've been chatting with a colleague about Seiko's spring drive watches - apparently they use both mechanical and quartz components.
anther long Monday2017.11.20, Toronto
I'm taking an evening class, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit but it turns my Mondays into 9AM - 9PM affairs.
can't fish for snowing2017.11.19, Toronto
The Boy asked if we could go fishing, today - the weather forecast for snow and strong wind said no.
walking with my daughter2017.11.18, Toronto
In a day dominated by a resume overhaul and a load of corporate expense tracking, I enjoyed an hour's stroll with The Girl.
we have smart kids2017.11.17, Toronto
It was parent-teacher day, and I have to say our kids have good teachers: apparently our kids are thriving.
cycling into strong wind2017.11.16, Toronto
I rode in against a biting 30kph wind this morning, fallen leaves flapping wetly and low clouds skudding.
a week of green2017.11.14, Toronto
Still no change to the migraines, but I'm prepared to stand by the assertion that the green lights are helping me sleep.
DISC analysis2017.11.13, Toronto
I had one of those DISC personality profiles done through an affiliate of my night school teacher.
the unsafe workplace and the body's response2017.11.11, Toronto
Simon Sinek gives some interesting insights into how unsafe environments (such as a workplace with infighting) has a deleterious effect on our health through changing the chemical balance of our bodies.
day three2017.11.09, Toronto
I've been on this green-light migraine therapy for only a couple of days but I'm now sure I'm sleeping better.
night two2017.11.08, Toronto
I managed to come down with another of my headaches, today - bad enough that I wound up in the usual escalating round of analgesics and migraine-specific drugs.
green medicine2017.11.07, Toronto
Tonight I am doing a Canadian first: participating in a University of Arizona study into whether green light can prevent migraines.
this year's photobook2017.11.06, Toronto
We're awaiting the arrival of our annual photo journal of the kids' lives - this is our tenth year.
10,000km and what do you get2017.11.04, Toronto
I dropped by Cycle Solutions on Kingston Road to have my rear wheel looked at; they shocked me with the news it was finished.
down the hill and up again2017.11.03, Toronto
I met a friend for lunch, today - a feat that meant cycling first down and then up the hill to St Clair.
so this is November2017.11.02, Toronto
It's November in Toronto, and the thick gloom has settled in nicely.
happy hallowe'en2017.10.31, Toronto
For Hallowe'en this year, The Boy dressed as "Captain Haddock" from Tintin.
no cycling for a while2017.10.25, Toronto
My latest cold has knocked me out, looks like I won't be cycling for the rest of the week.
turning grey2017.10.24, Toronto
I met with some colleagues I hadn't seen in six months - they greeted me with, "You're really turning grey!" It was a grey day, I got rained on en route, and I'd started my day with a new prescription for antibiotics for 2017 Headcold #7.
Monday's count: 3 in 302017.10.23, Toronto
As I watch for phone-surfing drivers, I've never noticed someone with a passenger in the car use his phone while driving.
Thursday's count2017.10.19, Toronto
Cheers to the driver of Ontario BUDHADOG; I've seen him 5 days in the past 2 weeks, never once driving and texting.
we can have nice things2017.10.18, Toronto
Toronto took another step toward keeping its infamous Bloor cycle lanes, today.
Tuesday's count2017.10.17, Toronto
Today I counted 5 cell-phone holders as I passed 49 cars - and one person eating with a spoon from a glass bowl.
Friday's count2017.10.16, Toronto
I counted 6 drivers Friday, in a stretch of 36 cars, who were using their phones - that's more than had a passenger.
ISACA article is live2017.10.12, Toronto
I've had permission from ISACA to re-publish my article, which appeared in ISACA's Journal earlier this year (volume 5, 2017).
the chilly weather is here2017.10.12, Toronto
Sadly, yesterday was the day that I put away the shorts and rode in my Trailer Park style cool weather track pants.
smart phone, stupid drivers2017.10.11, Toronto
As I rode past a line of slow-moving cars today, I counted 8 drivers using their phone (out of 46 cars).
crapped on again2017.10.09, Toronto
I was crapped on by a bird again, today - for the fifteenth time in my life.
at the fair2017.10.08, Toronto
We attended the Thanksgiving "festival" at Balls Falls.
a dinner alone2017.10.07, St. Catharines
Mari and I left the kids with Grandma and had a rare dinner out, together.
giving thanks on Thanksgiving2017.10.06, St. Catharines
It's Thanksgiving in Canada, and our little family certainly has a lot for which to be thankful: No floods No massive earthquakes No insane clown presidents And that's enough for 2017.
cycling 1,650km to work2017.10.05, Toronto
By my rough estimate, I've traveled 1,650 km getting to work and back, since I started this summer.
how to disagree2017.10.04, Toronto
Lots of good material arising from the debates online about some cycle lanes (who'd have guessed!).
inventing the jaywalker2017.10.03, Toronto
Recently, there was some debate on the meaning of 'jaywalking' - a term invented by the auto industry and friends.
a beautiful day for a ride2017.10.02, Toronto
Yes, it was only 8oC this morning, but the weather was perfect for cycling: calm wind & lotsa sun.
the annual retreat2017.10.01, Toronto
I spent the day on Toronto's harbor islands, at the annual retreat for the non-profit board on which I sit.
my kingdom for some taurine2017.09.29, Toronto
It's funny, that with products like Red Bull everywhere, it can be hard to find taurine in pill form for daily control of migraines.
bus tried to block me, today2017.09.28, Toronto
When I tried to turn left from Woodbine to Cosburne this morning, a TTC driver used his bus to block me.
sober is ready when you are2017.09.27, Toronto
The line is supposed to be "summer is ready when you are", but summer just left, and I always hear "sober is ready when you are".
meeting with old friends2017.09.26, Toronto
For the first time in nearly a decade, I had dinner with Jon and Charlie, who I've known for 22 and 36 years, respectively.
home made granola2017.09.25, Toronto
For the second weekend running, I've made some grain-free granola.
family portrait2017.09.24, Toronto
We took a family portrait of ourselves for The Girl's homework assignment.
the Equifax breach2017.09.23, Toronto
I've gotten questions from a variety of people about the Equifax breach, and what it means to them in terms of potential ID theft.
45km and what do you get2017.09.23, Toronto
Today I did the ride with Cycle Toronto; 25km with a crowd of a couple of hundred people.
dates with our children2017.09.22, Toronto
When one of the kids has an evening play-date, we wind up having a "date" with the other kid; today it's dinner with The Boy.
we're only making plans for Kenneth2017.09.21, Toronto
The intake form for The Boy's "Individual Learning plan" includes some talk about his post-secondary education - he's 9! Mari and I debated about what to put there, and eventually settled on, "We have no idea about how Ken's education career with the TDSB might work out, or how that might work with his post-secondary education.
live global map of surface winds2017.09.20, Toronto
My mum sent along this amazing map of the surface winds on the planet; the visuals and interactivity set a new bar.
ISACA's sent me some copies of the issue of their Journal that includes my article.
Tracking Vulnerability Fixes to Production2017.09.18, Toronto
As an IT auditor at a software company, I discovered that security vulnerabilities in our bespoke product had not been getting released to clients on a timely basis.
end of an exhausting week2017.09.15, Toronto
It's the end of a week that began with me working past midnight and finished with me abandoning a TTC bus and walking home.
Japanese resolve2017.09.14, Toronto
The Japanese are being a lot more patient with the North Koreans than I think I could be.
happiness is a new classroom2017.09.12, Toronto
I've pulled the plug on my data science MOOC: the instruction was aimless, and the assignments uneven.
happiness is a new drive train2017.09.11, Toronto
My 25km daily commute's been rough on my bike; after three years it was time to replace the drive train.
that 70's car2017.09.08, Toronto
I've noticed an increase in the numbers of beige, khaki, and orange cars on the roads recently: it can mean only one thing.
Dropbox nuked my journal photos2017.09.06, Toronto
Dropbox has decided to turn off public image sharing, even for their paying customers - reducing their value-add but not their price.
40 years of the Voyager spacecraft2017.09.05, Toronto
From the photos in this article it seems that it was casual Friday when NASA made the golden records sent with the Voyager spacecraft.
fund raising, we're fund raising2017.09.04, Toronto
My fundraising for the 25km safe streets bicycle ride in Toronto is $75 along, so far - thank you donaters! It now turns out that there's a free bag of roasted coffee in it for anyone who'll donate (ask me for details).
pity that Saturn cars are no more2017.09.03, Toronto
Having had our car struck twice, I have to say I've come to appreciate what Saturn was doing with their polymer cars.
a fundraising ride2017.09.02, Toronto
I am doing a fundraising ride to promote safe streets in Toronto.
texting with a nine year old2017.09.01, Toronto
I find myself texting every day with The Boy, who is all of nine - so far, he's still typing English.
evaluating third party cyber risk2017.08.31, Toronto
The Investment Industry Association of Canada has issued new guidance on evaluating cyber security readiness in third parties.
well that was quick2017.08.31, Toronto
So there are leaves blowing in the streets, and I wore a hoodie while cycling to work; it's Autumn! We went right from a long rainy "late Spring" as one friend put it, to Autumn.
a scratched car2017.08.30, Toronto
Our beloved car has been scratched, and I'm thinking of getting it painted - time to source someone to do the work.
riding on Woodbine2017.08.28, Toronto
Today I had the pleasure of riding up the length of the new cycle lane on Woodbine Avenue - a great ride! Formerly a no-go zone on a bike due to the heavy, stop-and-go traffic, it's now easy with a wide lane between the curb and parked cars that are kept apart from the cyclist by a buffer that prevents dooring.
learning about backpacks2017.08.27, Toronto
It turns out I've been shopping poorly for backpacks all these years – but I didn't know it until speaking with someone at MEC.
two skunks for two anglers2017.08.26, Toronto
We headed out under calm, clear skies, and attempted to reproduce last week's fishing success despite the un-fishy weather.
teaching The Boy to use email2017.08.24, Toronto
With The Boy heading into grade four, we're looking at a first cell phone - and I'm teaching him how to use email.
7 years of swift growth2017.08.23, Toronto
I recently took this pic of my kids to capture the second meeting of The Boy with a girl he met at a wedding in 2010.
arrows on the streets of Toronto2017.08.21, Toronto
I've figured out the small arrows on the streets of Toronto that point from the center of the street to the curbs.
lake Ontario bass2017.08.19, Toronto
I took The Boy fishing at Frenchman's Bay, today, and he caught a 2.
fever days2017.08.17, Toronto
Nothing quite like a fever in the warmest weather of the summer.
The Boy's friend is moving away2017.08.16, Toronto
It looks like a good friend of our son is moving away - this is the fourth in as many years and the second this year.
sick again - again!2017.08.15, Toronto
I'm back on antibiotics again, for the fifth time this year.
lost our canoe2017.08.11, Toronto
I've caused the destruction of our canoe.
petroglyphs park2017.08.10, Stoney Lake
We went to the Petroglyphs Provincial Park near Stoney Lake, today.
first walleye hit2017.08.09, Stoney Lake
This morning, I watched an immature walleye hit a lure I'd bought for that species.
septic tank repaired!2017.08.08, Stoney Lake
Following a large rainstorm on the weekend, the septic tank at the cottage we're renting seemed to have filled up.
bass and more bass2017.08.06, Stoney Lake
We've been out fishing every morning, and again in the afternoons.
here comes vacation2017.08.03, Toronto
We're going on vacation and my fourth sinus infection of the year just keeps getting worse.
this Trump mess is becoming distracting2017.07.31, Toronto
Just how much money does Trump owe these Russian gangsters? All of it, I presume? I can't recall the last time a foreign government's loopiness was this distracting.
to the park!2017.07.30, Toronto
We took Ki-kun to Tommy Thompson park for a picnic and some fishing - it was the first time he truly felt that he was in another land.
to the falls!2017.07.29, Niagara Falls
We took Mari's nephew to Niagara Falls, as one does with visitors to Toronto - but then we did something a bit unusual.
how Russia and Trump fit together2017.07.29, Toronto
It's always seemed that Trump and the Russian criminal syndicate/rulership had some joint concern driving their actions.
and now, a teenager2017.07.28, Toronto
Mari's nephew is staying with us for the next three weeks; now we have a 5 year old, a 9 year old, and a 15 year old.
the worst kind of cyclist2017.07.26, Toronto
Today I encountered the worst kind of cyclist: he passed me in an intersection by ignoring a stop sign.
like busy is a virtue2017.07.25, Toronto
The job's already gotten busy enough that I'm already pining for the days this Spring when I wasn't working.
fishing alone at sunrise2017.07.23, Toronto
Today I had a taste of what my retirement might be like - fishing solo at sunrise.
learning to ride2017.07.22, Toronto
A few weeks ago, The Girl decided she'd learn to ride her bike when she saw kids her age riding well.
to the rescue!2017.07.21, Toronto
The Boy left a backpack on the street car the other day - I'm off to the looossst and fooouuunnndd.
de-identifying health information2017.07.19, Toronto
I currently have a contract with a firm that "de-identifies" health information prior to it being shared with third parties such as marketers, drug manufacturers, and researchers.
goodbye, benefits2017.07.19, Ottawa
It seems my drug benefits plan has expired - who knew my migraine drugs would cost $240! I found out the hard way by coming down with a migraine mid-morning while at the office while away from home.
drinking with PhD's2017.07.18, Ottawa
Tonight I found myself drinking with four Ph D's and one professor - all substantially younger than me.
Ottawa's got nice cycle lanes2017.07.17, Ottawa
I am very impressed with Ottawa's cycling infrastructure; separated lanes in green spaces and protected lanes on the streets.
a fish older than a fisherman2017.07.14, Toronto
I noted a post by TRCA staff that suggests that the walleye The Boy caught at thanksgiving may have been older than he was.
gluten-free pancakes2017.07.08, Toronto
In celebration of my 3,500th post, here's my recipe for gluten-free pancakes.
that's a lot of tracking!2017.07.07, Toronto
I have this browser plugin that blocks third-party tracker systems from the websites I visit.
good times2017.07.07, Toronto
I had lunch with two colleagues who lost their jobs the same day I did.
goodbye, Adelaide street2017.07.05, Toronto
Working up-town means avoiding the dangers of Adelaide street - broken tracks, the illegally blocked cycle lane, and high-speeds.
the long climb2017.07.04, Toronto
This is the route I took on my first day at the new job: a lot of climbing over nearly 14km.
goodbye, Niagara2017.07.03, Toronto
The Boy and I headed out to Jordan Harbor quite early this morning, to fish the harbor with worms and hooks.
hello, Niagara2017.07.02, St. Catharines
We went down to St Catharines to visit Grandma, today, and The Boy and I spent half the time fishing.
happy birthday, Canada2017.07.01, Toronto
We went down to the beach and watched the fireworks firing from a barge.
goodbye, first half of 20172017.06.30, Toronto
Goodbye, first half of 2017: you took a friend, you took my job, and you thwarted my fishing - here's to the second half.
latest watch crush2017.06.29, Toronto
She ain't exactly pretty; ain't exactly small: she's my latest watch crush.
report cards2017.06.28, Toronto
The Boy's report card was substantially better than mine ever were.
gaming Google news2017.06.27, Toronto
two of four articles are spam? Kudos to whoever figured out how to game Google's aggregator this badly.
video conferencing at last2017.06.27, Toronto
If there was any upside to a two-hour conference call last night, it's that my home Internet seems to have stabilized at last.
gettin' fat, says The Boy2017.06.26, Toronto
After I'd finished talking to a friend, The Boy informed me he could really see how I'd put on weight lately.
The Girl vows to ride2017.06.25, Toronto
Our daughter's always been a luke-warm student of cycling, but has vowed to learn after seeing younger kids ride.
bells on danforth once again2017.06.24, Toronto
We lit out at 10 to attend the "Bells on Danforth" ride once again - this time with Mari and both kids.
200 years of the bicycle2017.06.23, Toronto
The bicycle turns 200 this year, in fact we're only a couple of weeks away from the bicentennial of its first public use.
thank you, AK-881782017.06.22, Toronto
Out for a spin today, I had the misfortune of being in a "sharrow" with a driver staring at his cell phone.
privacy in this day and age2017.06.21, Toronto
Sometimes people get emails that make it clear their personal network is known to various websites or agencies.
welcome, summer of '172017.06.21, Toronto
Ye gods, summer is finally here – albeit with a high of only 21C today.
another record breach2017.06.20, Toronto
A data analytics company leaked personal information on 200 million voters.
we have no privacy2017.06.20, Toronto
Sometimes people get emails that make it clear their personal network is known to various websites or agencies.
half a "Chantelle"2017.06.19, Toronto
I cycled 30km today, but there's a dedicated cyclist on the CT board who cycles 70km a day - I managed nearly half a "Chantelle".
fishing on father's day2017.06.18, Toronto
The Boy invited me to go fishing today at Tommy Thompson park - where at least the mink catch fish.
poaching tusks in Siberia2017.06.17, Toronto
Poachers in Siberia are digging up mammoth tusks with pressurized water, making themselves rich but fouling the rivers.
tennis with a pro2017.06.16, Toronto
Picking up The Boy at tennis school, I learned that his instructor thinks he's good enough to spend some solo instruction with a pro.
another tattoo used2017.06.15, Toronto
I've discovered that another of my old tattoo ideas was used by someone out there.
no lice on us2017.06.15, Toronto
The kids were tested for lice, but there were no lice.
writing an industry standard2017.06.14, Toronto
The Investment Industry Association of Canada is producing a two-document guide on evaluating cyber risk in their third party (vendor) arrangements.
lice, getcha lice2017.06.14, Toronto
The school just sent a note telling us 24 children at the school have head lice.
cruel bunnies2017.06.13, Toronto
It was nearly the end of me today when a bunny darted out as I was riding, this evening after a non-profit board committee session.
cycling with a snapping turtle2017.06.12, Toronto
As I was on a 13km ride, I encountered a snapping turtle on a wooded path - it had the trail to itself.
canoeing and reading2017.06.11, Toronto
At 6:30 this morning, my friend Richard picked me up for a morning jaunt to Leslie Street Spit from Cherry Beach by canoe.
fixing people's bikes2017.06.10, Toronto
I spent six hours today fixing kids' bikes at Main Square – a low-income housing complex at Main and Danforth in Scarborough.
a great day, today2017.06.09, Toronto
The Boy and I spent much of the day together - first fishing, then a jaunt downtown.
sneaking off to fish, again2017.06.09, Toronto
It turns out The Boy has a day off school; we're leaving the home pre-dawn to get some fishing in before the day starts.
The "fawaffle" truck was at The Kids' fun fair - a falafel sandwich not wrapped in pita but a waffle cone made of falafel.
say, that emperor has no clothes2017.06.07, Toronto
It's funny how everyone's going around on egg-shells pretending that we don't know that Trump's just a crook.
snuck off for some fishing2017.06.06, Toronto
I left the apartment before six this morning to do some fishing in Scarborough; it's amazing what the unemployed can do.
so it's come to this - tidying up2017.06.05, Toronto
At the two month mark, the job search has fallen into such a gentle rhythm that I had the time to spend the bulk of the day today doing chores.
total party un-kill2017.06.04, Toronto
I allowed my son's D&D group to worm their way out of their death-by-riddle from our last session.
my wife can live with me2017.06.02, Toronto
Mari says that it's been nice having me around the house these past two months - that she thinks we'll retire well together.
Covey time-management quadrants2017.05.30, Toronto
Where oh where has the four-quadrant Franklin Covey time management system been, all my life? It puts many of my thoughts into a concise guide! Franklin Covey time matrix.
goodbye, May2017.05.29, Toronto
This was a busy, busy month - a blur of interviews, meetings, phone calls until I got sick and had to take some time to recover.
first family cycle trip2017.05.28, Toronto
The family took a cycle trip down to Tommy Thompson park today and had a fine time.
catch of the year2017.05.24, Toronto
It is with great embarrassment that I've finally caught my first fish of the year in late May.
describing May 2-4 to Americans2017.05.23, Toronto
How better to describe the Victoria Day weekend to Americans than by its nickname, "May 2-4"? I was on a call with the board I've recently left, which is for a US-based professional association.
blowing it with your kids2017.05.22, Toronto
I take my son fishing in order to spend quality time with him, but always seem to end up losing my temper.
another fine sinus infection2017.05.19, Toronto
I don't understand how I keep getting sinus infections - Spring has been here for a while! Post-nasal drip has me coughing all night, I sound like I've been dead and raised by some necromancer.
an ISACA article2017.05.18, Toronto
Tomorrow's the deadline for the next issue of ISACA's "Journal".
flooding on Toronto's beaches2017.05.18, Toronto
Lake Ontario was apparently at its highest ever yesterday, May 17 - I've put together a pic of what that looks like in Toronto.
time to regroup2017.05.17, Toronto
Kevin's death is having an effect on my job search.
goodbye, Kevin Atwood2017.05.16, Toronto
My musician friend Kevin Atwood has died, as humorous and sweet a fellow as you'll ever meet.
happy mother's day2017.05.14, Toronto
The Boy recreated the painting that hangs in our living room in his Minecraft world - as a mother's day card.
snapped my fishing rod2017.05.13, Toronto
While enjoying a relaxing fishing jaunt, I stupidly broke my fishing rod, for the first time in my life.
five days of pain2017.05.12, Toronto
I've had a right-side, weather-related migraine for five days.
created a job - for someone else2017.05.10, Toronto
My habit of introducing people I feel should be working together has paid off in a job created, but for someone else.
the fun is in the doing2017.05.09, Toronto
Once again, I'd like to quote Kurt Russell: the fun is in the doing, not the talking.
fx trading and a positive attitude2017.05.08, Toronto
Mari says it's common wisdom in the FX trading world that one must keep a positive attitude to place productive trades.
a month of unemployment2017.05.06, Toronto
It's interesting that some things have changed so much and some so little, being unemployed for a month.
illicit help from the TTC2017.05.05, Toronto
I had a little help catching the 502 at University and Queen yesterday on my way home.
my mind, mapped2017.05.05, Toronto
I did a personality test of sorts, and learned I'm an odd duck.
1,500 photos of the day2017.05.04, Toronto
Be it ever so humble, this pic of my daughter spelling a friend's name is my 1,500th "photo of the day".
busy as if I had a job2017.05.03, Toronto
Toronto's become a city of new software ventures in the past few years.
the only chart that matters2017.05.02, Toronto
My wife's an economist by training and is now learning to become an FX trader – I keep thinking of a certain chart.
new season of Archer2017.04.28, Toronto
"Good news and bad news," I told Mari, "the new season of Archer has started.
tweeting for traffic2017.04.27, Toronto
If you tweet updates to your website at a certain time of day, you can get a steady increase in traffic.
so this is a dentist's office2017.04.25, Toronto
Another benefit of unemployment – I saw the inside of a dentist's office for the first time since 2014.
volunteering at school2017.04.24, Toronto
Another benefit of having all this free time - I got to volunteer at the school for the visit of a scientist.
learning from my son2017.04.23, Toronto
The Boy gave me a tennis lesson, today - it's great when you can learn from your own kids.
An unexpected benefit of being unemployed: I am meeting a lot of people.
my guide on managing third party risk2017.04.22, Toronto
I've written a guide on managing third party risk, that is, the risk that comes with sharing your data with third parties such as service organizations.
13 years in Toronto2017.04.21, Toronto
Last month, I passed the sum of 13 years spent living in Toronto.
4ºC and raining2017.04.20, Toronto
4ºC and freezing rain under 30kph winds; the worst cycling! The things I endure to turn up opportunities.
PMP for five years2017.04.19, Toronto
Today is the five year anniversary of my long slog through the PMP exam.
45km of cycling2017.04.19, Toronto
My various meetings took me downtown twice and to the Danforth: some 45km of cycling in a day.
we've overclocked the kids2017.04.16, Toronto
Trying to figure out what's happened to our kids, today, to make them so hyper and babbly.
metrics that matter2017.04.15, Toronto
The article I placed on LinkedIn about losing my job has now been read well over 1,000 times.
moth-eaten suit2017.04.13, Toronto
The damage to my good suit is irreversible.
720 reads in 48 hours2017.04.12, Toronto
My previous post (which was cross posted to LinkedIn) regenerated over 700 reads in under two days.
gracious in defeat2017.04.11, Toronto
Two women colleagues described me as "gracious" today; I don't think that word means what they think it means.
I lost my job2017.04.10, Toronto
Last Tuesday, I lost my job during a restructuring at PortfolioAid, a compliance solutions firm.
thoughts after six years2017.04.10, Toronto
I've gathered my thoughts on exiting an executive role at a software firm after six years.
sleepless night2017.04.07, Toronto
Every other night since my ouster, I've not slept.
cut down in my prime2017.04.04, Toronto
I lost my job today in a restructuring that saw 4/10 members of the management team gone, among others.
Japanese renounce their language2017.04.01, Toronto
On our way to Japanese class, I convinced The Boy that the Japanese had renounced their language and would switch to English.
precision of apathy2017.03.31, Toronto
A colleague came by to inform another; "I care about this as much as you do - to the power of minus 100.
my first NBA game2017.03.29, Toronto
I attended my first NBA game tonight - we had a great time (watching the local team blow a game-long lead in the fourth quarter).
cold number twelve2017.03.25, Toronto
I lost exact count around Christmas, but I've got cold ~12 since September building up.
printer ink costs how much2017.03.20, Toronto
Ink cartridges for our home printer are so expensive that it's the only thing people have to say about the otherwise decent printer.
changes to my website2017.03.18, Toronto
In the past couple of days, I've brought back my book reviews, added a watch review, and made changes to speed up the site.
our day off2017.03.15, Toronto
Beware the ides of March, your day shall be a bust if depending on the weather forecast – or so we learned this year.
my father's new watch2017.03.12, Toronto
I love it when people "buy into" a brand intended for a wildly different demographic - my father's new watch is a great example.
my latest watch crush2017.03.11, Toronto
I like watches, and true to Pisces form, my interests tend to flit about like a butterly in a field of flowers.
settling Australia2017.03.09, Toronto
It looks like Australia's original settlers lived without mass warfare; an interesting break with the usual pattern of human history.
toronto housing is becoming fun2017.03.03, Toronto
Housing in this city is now in the lofty company of Vancouver, where you can't guess if a listing is a parody.
riding in Toronto's second winter2017.03.02, Toronto
My ride to work started with a flat that I deemed a slow leak; I pumped it up and took off into 40kph winds at -9.
blessed but unmotivated2017.02.28, Toronto
Here's an interesting article outlining all the things Canada's got going for it, and all the nothing we're doing with the opportunity.
have I adopted a Michael face?2017.02.27, Toronto
New research suggests that we adopt a face that reflects our name - I wonder if I've got a Michael face and if so, what does it mean? Here's a link to the research.
turns out our family name changed2017.02.22, Toronto
It turns out that my great-grandfather dropped the "von" from our name, "von Werneburg", on the grounds that it was already long enough.
a memorable d&d session2017.02.21, Toronto
We played d&d on the weekend, and it was a memorable session - turns out they heard "white tower" when I was saying "wight tower".
two and half minutes to midnight2017.02.16, Toronto
Things continue apace - now the doomsday clock's back where it was in the 50's! Some interesting commentary on Trump in there.
now what, America2017.02.13, Toronto
Hard to imagine that things could get this wacky, this fast, in the US - I feel for my American friends.
court case2017.02.12, Toronto
On Monday I appeared in a court room for the first time, for the guilty plea of the driver who knocked me off my bike.
goodbye, bank2017.02.11, Toronto
A certain credit card issuer decided they would issue me a new card, then didn`t, but froze my existing card.
new census data2017.02.10, Toronto
Oh boy, new census data - and my home town of St Catharines has once again bucked the trend and not show growth.
get cyber safe2017.02.09, Toronto
The government of Canada has produced some guidance for small-medium enterprises which is a) quite good and b) surprisingly readable.
goodbye, ecology2017.02.03, Toronto
So it turns out there are micro-fragments of plastic in the seafood we eat; we now have that stuff in our blood.
so this is kakistocracy2017.02.02, Toronto
For once, I find myself doing some reading about the character and intent of a US President, with some interesting findings.
goodbye, January2017.01.31, Toronto
I foolishly chose to take the TTC to work today; two fares ($6+) to get to work late.
virtual kidnapping2017.01.23, Toronto
In addition to CEO fraud emails, now there's virtual kidnapping.
hello, sunshine2017.01.23, Toronto
It's ten to five, and the sun's just going down; so good to have some sunlight in Toronto!.
hello, October's shoes2017.01.21, Toronto
Mari realized that the shoes we ordered from the US back in October hadn't come; I called the shop, they'd had them for months.
goodbye, Mr Obama2017.01.20, Toronto
They say you bungled the American empire, Mr Obama; I say good riddance, let the US be a country again.
financial industry vendor management2017.01.11, Toronto
Today I attended an wealth management industry committee meeting in which we're looking at an industry-wide approach to managing third party risk.
poor Maebh2017.01.11, Toronto
The storm last night tore a piece off our building that came down and onto our car - I wonder if insurance will cover it.
another Marlies game2017.01.08, Toronto
The Boy and I went to another Marlies game, today, and it was a hell of a show.
hello, ETL2017.01.07, Toronto
Another year, another extract-transform-load project.
goodbye, little aquarium2017.01.06, Toronto
Friends have taken the smaller of our aquariums - I know it's in good hands with a smart young lad.
goodbye, home phone2017.01.01, Toronto
We'll be cutting our home phone spend from $28/month + tax to ~ $9/month by going VOIP.
goodbye, 20162016.12.31, Toronto
Feeling particularly thankful today - despite everything, I had a pretty good 2016.
mobile data overage charges2016.12.30, Toronto
For the past few months, I've been paying $5 - $10 a month for overshooting my cellular data allotment on my mobile phone.
cycling at Christmas2016.12.23, Toronto
I cycled in to work today; the major trails away from the streets were icy, but the streets were good.
watching TV has changed2016.12.19, Toronto
Last night I heard the audio for a show through my phone while watching the TV; I felt old.
the frozen driveway2016.12.18, Toronto
Our steep driveway is covered in ice thanks to a new city policy towards meltwater and rainwater.
the book I wish I'd had2016.12.16, Toronto
Ray Pompon's book IT Security Risk Control Management: An Audit Preparation Plan is the one I needed back in 2011 when I first took a service organization through an audit.
latest watch crush2016.12.13, Toronto
I'm looking at a thin dress watch to slip under my French cuffs.
cycling at minus six2016.12.09, Toronto
My rear shifter cable was locked up this morning due to the -6°C weather.
the flaming lips sell out2016.12.06, Toronto
So; the Flaming Lips have lent "Do You Realize" to the latest Transformers movie.
securing your life2016.11.22, Toronto
The New York Times recently ran a piece with practical information about protecting your online life.
yet another reason to patch2016.11.18, Toronto
Today I had an illuminating call with our insurance broker and carrier about an exclusion in our errors & omissions insurance pertaining to unlicensed data and software.
here comes fascism!2016.11.18, Toronto
The Toronto District School Board has circulated an email about escalating racism and hate in the city.
back on my steed2016.11.17, Toronto
One round trip on the TTC is one round too many for a dedicated cyclist; I don't know how people do it every day.
damaged bike chain2016.11.16, Toronto
I don't know how I did it, but I managed to bend two links in my bike chain.
teaching the girl to skip (stones)2016.10.29, Toronto
On The Girl's third try, she skipped a stone on the lake about 7-8 times - by herself! Just like her brother, she only needed me to show her how about three times.
woke up braking2016.10.26, Toronto
I woke myself up reaching for my bike brakes, this morning.
suicidal cyclists2016.10.25, Toronto
Yesterday I saw a cyclist hanging onto the door handle of an SUV westbound on Richmond Ave at speed.
lost cycling glove2016.10.23, Toronto
An occupational hazard of cycling: losing your gloves.
journal entry 33352016.10.20, Toronto
They say it's quality, not quantity, but I can't count the former and I have all these posts! Three thousand, three hundred, thirty-five posts to be precisely pointless.
shaking like a leaf2016.10.19, Toronto
It turned out that the confusion about us being good parents came from both of us going to see Emma for her night terrors.
"you guys are good parents"2016.10.18, Toronto
Our four-year-old surprised me this morning, sticking her head into the washroom and saying, "You guys are good parents.
fintech and information risk2016.10.17, Toronto
An article appeared in "The Investment Executive" this weekend that highlights information risk in so-called fintech.
my first crappie2016.10.07, Lower Buckhorn Lake
I caught a lovely crappie today, a good-sized and healthy-looking specimen with good "shoulders".
on failed persons2016.09.27, Toronto
The Basel definition of operational risk is this: "Operational risk is defined as the risk of loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events.
a flat on new tires2016.09.26, Toronto
The toll from using cheap tires has started: I'd only just had a cycle shop fix my screw-up with my chain (I missed a small guide on one of the derailleur wheels) when I had my first flat in nearly two years.
new drive train2016.09.25, Toronto
I changed the cassette and chain on my bike today; a clear case of better late than never.
on reputation and character2016.09.23, Toronto
It's almost comically unfashionable to talk about things like character and reputation in today's society, but it wasn't always so.
yup, quite a week2016.09.16, Toronto
After 3 board committee meetings, 2 grant applications, and an audit, the week ended with my walk-around USB drive dying.
what a perfect day2016.09.14, Toronto
Summer's nearly over, and I feel that I actually lived it this year, unlike the past 3-4.
what a week, 2016 edition2016.09.13, Toronto
Missed a day due to illness yesterday; today I discover that my bike tire needs replacing; the bike shop that claimed to have the tires and tubes I wanted had neither; then the watch repair guys break my watch; then I put the new tubes in my new tires, and put those on my bike and noticed that one of the spring arms had broken on my rear brake.
dangerous and fruitless fishing2016.09.10, Toronto
The Boy and I were supposed to go fishing, but it rained and I decided to go out at sunset - this was a mistake.
Simcity 4 on a Mac2016.09.04, Toronto
Thanks to the "WINE" emulator, I'm now running my antique license of "SimCity 4" to show my son my old cities.
fishing no more2016.08.21, Toronto
My fishing partner has left me high and dry, now being eight-and-a-half.
fishing among experts2016.08.20, Toronto
The Boy and I were fishing in Tommy Thompson park today when we were visited by a real expert.
cry the beloved economy2016.08.05, Toronto
Canada's balance of trade set a new low today, but it's the historical context that tells the story.
going fishing2016.08.04, Toronto
Our son is really pretty amazing.
lost a rod2016.08.01, Toronto
Heading out to do some fishing this evening, I noticed that we'd left my son's rod in Tommy Thompson park in Toronto.
first ever salmon2016.07.15, Victoria, BC
The Boy and I caught two salmon today, a coho and a chinook (locally called a "spring" salmon).
how to sabotage innovative projects2016.07.11, Toronto
One of my favorite books on internal control; sorry, the only good book I've ever encountered on internal control is "Intelligent Internal Control and Risk Management" by Matthew Leitch.
hydro bill results2016.07.05, Toronto
I've had my next electricity bill; my changes resulted in a $22 (13%) savings.
fishing in the city2016.07.02, Toronto
It's confirmed, I've found a reliable fishing hole in Toronto.
some sleep for once2016.07.01, Toronto
Our Girl slept through the night, last night - maybe the first time this year? Maybe the third?.
no fix for cyber security in our lifetime2016.06.23, Toronto
An article landed in my inbox today in which an expert from Marsh was quoted as saying, "Cyber as a pervasive risk will likely not be solved in our lifetime.
a boreal owl2016.06.20, Toronto
We've been hearing owl calls in the night for some weeks now, I think I've identified the species.
the fish magnet2016.06.12, Toronto
The Boy has now caught about 4x the fish I have, down in the absurdly beautiful* Tommy Thompson park.
riding with Emma2016.06.11, Toronto
I got our darling daughter out on the Weehoo today, despite occasional demands to "turn around" and "go home now".
a sequel to the passion of the christ2016.06.10, Toronto
Naturally, Mel Gibson's doubling down on his widely criticized move to bring back the anti-Semetic "The Passion of the Christ" BS from the middle ages.
too busy for a journal2016.06.02, Toronto
Three weeks have raced by since my last journal entry; I think it's time to wind down my 17-year-old website.
fishing for pike2016.05.20, Victoria Harbour
We arrived at the cottage tonight, and all four of us piled into the canoe for some fishing.
a cycle lane on Bloor2016.05.04, Toronto
Toronto city council has turned a corner, voting to install a cycle lane on the city's main, long, crowded, east-west shopping street.
the high price of civilization2016.05.04, Toronto
Our electricity bill came to $173 for two months, up $10 because I once left the iron on for 4 hours? I can easily recall when I'd pay about $20 a month for electricity.
the baby squirrels lived2016.04.29, Toronto
Last weekend, we discovered a squirrel's nest; we wound up with three baby squirrels in a box.
farewell shopping malls2016.04.28, Toronto
I learned today that traffic at shopping malls has fallen by 50% since 2008.
is risk management a profession2016.04.25, Toronto
A risk practitioner vastly senior to me posited the question on LinkedIn whether risk management is even a profession.
the edge method to puzzles2016.04.23, Toronto
I do believe our almost-four-year old has the hang of the edge method to jigsaw puzzles.
property damage2016.04.20, Toronto
Something happened to the fences, railing, and steps at the property where we live.
first board meeting2016.04.19, Toronto
If you're a member of Cycle Toronto, you can rest assured that the board is organized and energetic.
1776 steps in 23:412016.04.17, Toronto
Today, I climbed the steps of the CN tower with our eight year old son.
tax refund2016.04.15, Toronto
It is really annoying to get such a substantial tax return every year; why can't the government remember from year to year that it's over-taxing us by hundreds of dollars a month! All the more so when the money meant that medical bills were being put off.
officially on board2016.04.12, Toronto
I met with the President of the board of Cycle Toronto for dinner, tonight.
back in the saddle2016.04.10, Toronto
My entire body aches, but I'm back on my bike for the commute.
bike fixed2016.04.09, Toronto
I've had my bike repaired; happily, I got a small discount for being a member of Cycle Toronto.
the doctor says...2016.04.08, Toronto
The doc says that I should get back on my bike as soon as the immediate pain is past, as it prevents PTSD.
snow in April2016.04.06, Toronto
It has now snowed every day since April Fools Day – coincidence? There was enough that we had to shovel the drive, on Monday.
Googling the quick and the dead2016.04.05, Toronto
Google autocomplete completes a friend's name with the word "obituary"; he'd also cancelled the phone number I had.
head of state, athlete, billionaire, or drug lord2016.04.04, Toronto
A headhunter once put it simply as he could: "What's your career trajectory, CEO, COO, or CFO?" I recoiled at the thought at the time, though I now know the answer and I'd have to put "missed" or "failed" in there somewhere.
no joke2016.04.01, Toronto
For 04/01, we created a new password policy: whenever any password in the enterprise changed, all must be changed.
SOC-2 versus SIG2016.03.31, Toronto
My team has been spending some time reviewing the forthcoming SOC-2 control standards.
you spin me right round2016.03.31, Toronto
Our three year old spontaneously started singing DOA's "You Spin My Right Round" despite our never (never!) having played it for her.
beaver patrol2016.03.30, Toronto
Tonight while fishing (fruitlessly) at the Ashbridge's Bay marina, a large beaver paddled right by in front of me.
gave away a tail light, today2016.03.29, Toronto
After my first Cycle Toronto board committee meeting, I found a red cycling tail light on the sidewalk.
skunked but loving it2016.03.27, Port Dalhousie
Had another wonderful day of fishing to no avail, tonight.
governance and board positions2016.03.22, Toronto
I've joined the board of Cycle Toronto, an advocacy association of city cyclists who are pushing for a safer city in which to ride.
three hours in the sun2016.03.20, Toronto
Ken and I got three hours in the sun, today, fishing around Ashbridges Bay.
scouting fishing locations2016.03.18, Toronto
I spent half an hour or so on the way home, toodling about the waterfront scouting fishing locations.
business books2016.03.17, Toronto
Someone asked me today about management books I'd recommend.
fishing with Ken2016.03.15, Toronto
We fished at the marina today, our first outing together of the open water season.
Toronto vs Silicon Valley2016.03.15, Toronto
It looks like Toronto's housing is now less affordable than that of Silicon Valley.
laid low2016.03.11, Toronto
Laid low for two days, in my prime, just barely 45, by my fourth bug this winter.
filthy March cycling2016.03.08, Toronto
Crowds of cyclists are already out, some two months earlier than they would have 5 years ago – thanks to infrastructure! This is what happens when you set aside some lanes and allow people to make some choices.
back on the road2016.03.07, Toronto
First day back on my bike, and I came across two blockages on the Richmond cycle lane and maybe half a dozen on the Adelaide lane.
case study on advanced persistent threats2016.03.02, Toronto
In the middle of 2015, I produced an analysis of my employer's readiness regarding risk due to "advanced persistent threats" in the cybersecurity space.
crapped on again2016.02.29, Toronto
Got crapped on by a bird again, today – my fourteenth hit (and first in three years).
our neighbor is our neighbor2016.02.24, Toronto
It turns out that the woman who lives in the apartment downstairs from us works four buildings from me.
hey presto2016.02.23, Toronto
I've pulled out my Presto card, which I last used when moving back to Canada in 2010, for the TTC.
management consulting vs internal audit2016.02.20, Toronto
I've just completed a three day intensive course on management consulting, which covered the twin streams of a) diagnosis and b) change management.
flying west with the kids2016.02.18, Toronto
We've been invited by my father and brother to take a vacation with them this summer.
concentrated volunteerism2016.02.17, Toronto
In the past few months, I've dropped three of the professional associations I'd belonged to.
four fishermen, 150 fish2016.02.14, Lake Simcoe
Today might be Valentines Day, but two of us spent it on the ice with our sons, not with our brides.
stay classy Toronto2016.01.18, Toronto
First thing I saw @ 6:45 this morning was a driver hit a parked car and drive away - stay classy, Toronto.
bifocal safety googles2016.01.12, Toronto
So it's come to this; I've bought some bifocal safety goggles, so I can see what I'm doing when I'm working with my hands on my (increasingly rare) crafts work.
giving a strip of flesh2016.01.09, Toronto
I awoke at 4 or 5 this morning with another bloody migraine; soon I'd be mopping blood from the floor.
in the office with The Boy2015.12.31, Toronto
In what has now become a tradition of two years, my son came to the office to take down the X'mas tree.
three with migraines2015.12.27, St. Catharines
Asians get fewer migraines than other racial groups, and I'm hoping that that will improve my kids' outlook.
merry X'mas!2015.12.25, St. Catharines
At grandma's in Saint Catharines for Christmas - probably for the last time, as she's planning to leave.
Emma and Oltaf2015.12.13, Toronto
My daughter loves this Disney disaster called "Frozen", but at least she's got a sense of humor about it.
on paneling2015.12.08, Toronto
Tonight I moderated a panel of experts on the role of the board in setting strategy.
I won a door prize!2015.12.07, Toronto
For the second time in forty-four years, I won a door prize, tonight.
Vtech data breach2015.12.01, Toronto
I sent a friend a note about the latest data breach that's in the news: Vtech.
detoured by tragedy2015.12.01, Toronto
I was unable to cross the Don river at my usual spot due to a police barricade; they'd found a body in the river.
more fun with my camera2015.11.20, Toronto
I've been taking photos of people who park in cycle lanes; It seems that I'm starting to get known to that community.
five years on the job2015.11.16, Toronto
I've been at this job for five years, shattering my previous record – have I matured, or been institutionalized.
migraine educational session2015.11.14, Toronto
This week, I attended an information session on enduring with migraines, which I've been doing for 40 years.
the straightjacket2015.11.13, Toronto
I'm constantly amazed at how difficult it is to break free of the straightjacket of the immediate.
this year's photo book2015.11.12, Toronto
We've finished this year's volume in our annual photo book collection.
nine years on2015.11.09, Toronto
Turns out, Mari and I forgot about our wedding anniversary again this year.
hiring for many talents2015.11.06, Toronto
I've repeatedly been faced with the difficult task of hiring for ambiguous roles where a range of different skills are required.
agility and risk2015.10.16, Toronto
Dave Thomas, one of the originators of the "Agile Manifesto", gave a talk in January that explains where the Agile movement has gotten off the rails (no pun intended).
running and winning2015.10.14, Toronto
The Boy placed fifth for his grade in a "cross country" race that included several local schools.
so this is Detroit!2015.10.09, Detroit
I'm in Detroit for a conference, and had the opportunity of taking a tour around the city center.
so that's a wood thrush2015.09.13, Toronto
Today I learned what a wood thrush is, by having a dead bird on our balcony to identify.
After three and a half weeks, my family's back from Japan.
a turtle in lake Ontario2015.08.31, Toronto
For the first time in my life, I saw a turtle in Lake Ontario this morning as I cycled to work.
ant colony is growing2015.08.23, Toronto
The queen ant I found is raising a successful colony: there are now babies.
Today I accidentally shaved off my eyebrows with the assistance of our three year old.
a pike under placid water2015.08.15, Victoria Harbour
The water was dead calm, so I paddled across the bay to a small island that's littered with fish scales, crab claws, and cormorant crap.
bats over the beaches2015.08.14, Victoria Harbour
I was nearly home when I came upon some small bats gliding over the street – at the level of my helmet! I do love seeing bats about, it means that mosquitoes are dying, and they are beautiful in flight.
coffee for the whole office2015.08.13, Toronto
Today, I'm taking some ice, some condensed milk, some boxes of tea bags, and some tonyo to the office.
lost child2015.08.12, Toronto
Tonight I helped the woman after me in the queue at the grocery store find her three year old.
every vacation must end2015.08.08, Victoria Harbour
After two weeks of fighting with phragmites and hoarded junk (and a certain amount of fishing), it's time to rejoin the fray.
helping a fellow cyclist in need2015.07.24, Toronto
By happy chance I had my usual bike repair kit with me yesterday when I pulled up next to someone who was replacing a flat tube.
how profitable are your clients?2015.07.23, Toronto
It's taken me some doing, but I've sorted out a mechanism for determining the profitability of clients for a software firm.
let's not go blind2015.07.22, Toronto
Let's all be careful around rural Ontario this summer kids – the giant hogweed lies in waiting.
for love of Pluto2015.07.17, Toronto
It's fun to watch the various reactions to the new images coming back from Pluto - especially the emotionally charged ones.
woohoo, everyone borrow more!2015.07.15, Toronto
Phew, the Bank of Canada just lowered interest rates – good thing we don't have a housing bubble.
a pleasant summer2015.07.15, Toronto
A colleague is in Dubai, where it's 44° today - this morning in Toronto it was 13°.
new shifter cable2015.07.13, Toronto
Yesterday, I installed my first shifter cable on my bicycle; it went smoothly but I'm still having phantom shifts.
reading and recovering2015.07.11, Toronto
This weekend, while we tried to nurse our girl back to health, I picked a book on human evolution.
sick all week2015.07.10, Toronto
First I got sick with a fever followed by sinus infection and bronchitis.
so this is sugar beach2015.07.03, Toronto
I accidentally discovered "Sugar Beach" today when looking for somewhere to read.
Canada day fun2015.07.01, Toronto
We ended the day with a trip to the beach and watched the fireworks.
stepping up to 49mm2015.06.30, Toronto
Gotta admire a camera store that honors a four year old gift card - thanks, Henrys.
Oh, syphilitic Lousiana2015.06.29, Toronto
Syphilis, Louisiana - say it ain't so! Well, it does say, "least common" form of death.
snarling at sharks2015.06.28, Toronto
Today we took the kids to the "Ripley's" aquarium, and this happened.
In an audit of my employer's cybersecurity stance, I found things to be generally quite good.
proud owner of a new camera2015.06.26, Toronto
Well, I did it – I've decided on the camera system that might be the last I ever by into.
"no, daddy!" says the naughty hypocrate2015.06.23, Toronto
When Ken was in the shower, Emma turned off the bathroom light and loudly exclaimed, "No, Daddy!" Only three years and two months old, and already causing problems for everybody.
so it's decided2015.06.22, Toronto
Nine years ago, I bought an inexpensive camera expecting to use it for two years.
fixing bikes in the park2015.06.21, Toronto
This Spring, I took a bike repair course; today I put it to practice by once again repairing people's bikes.
donated some old cameras today2015.06.15, Toronto
I donated an antique SRT-101 and two X700 bodies and some lenses to a camera shop; they're making a mural.
volunteer bike repair2015.06.13, Toronto
I turned up at a kids cycling event, ready to do some bike repair – but I wasn't needed.
baby bunnies at dusk2015.06.12, Toronto
Today's trip home was better than yesterday's - better to the tune of baby bunnies on the cycle path.
took a spill on my bike2015.06.11, Toronto
Pinched between the ruined tracks and an oversized truck parked on the right, I took a bad bounce off of an uneven concrete rim next to the tracks and went down.
more camera porn2015.06.10, Toronto
This time it's Sony that's caught my eye, with these fine entries.
a peer to mentor your staff2015.06.09, Toronto
Another thing about getting older–you've got a network of peers who can serve as experienced mentors to your staff.
the old bait and switch2015.06.03, Toronto
Fell for the old bait and switch last night, this time with a camera company.
cycling in a sports coat2015.06.02, Toronto
This morning I attended an interesting seminar at MaRS, on the subject of innovation.
systems thinking2015.05.26, Toronto
I attended a really strong seminar on systems thinking as an approach to change management.
canvassing on Danforth2015.05.24, Toronto
Today I spent 90 minutes canvassing on Danforth about the cycle lane that we want to build.
lunch with smart people2015.05.22, Toronto
Today I had lunch with one of those smart people who reflexively starts mentoring during a conversation.
the common law of business practice2015.05.20, Toronto
Someone* once said this of choosing a vendor's solution based on price alone: "There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person's lawful prey.
repairing a rear wheel2015.05.20, Toronto
Tonight in our cycle repair class we dismantled the rear wheel; really getting comfortable with this, now.
Detroit, here I come2015.05.19, Toronto
That's it – I'm going to Detroit in October for a conference, and I'm going to enjoy it.
a raccoon in crisis2015.05.15, Toronto
Today's adventure began Jon with asking, "Does that look like a hand to you?" We were helping him move into his nice new digs a stone's throw from the water's edge here in the Beaches.
what a week2015.05.08, Toronto
Well, it's been a long week, but the family's healthy and whole, so all is well.
here come the bike repairs2015.05.07, Toronto
As I'd hoped, there will be a full slate of opportunities to volunteer for Cycle Toronto this summer, fixing people's bikes.
taxes done2015.05.04, Toronto
I'm always torn about a good-sized tax refund.
warm and pleasant at last2015.05.01, Toronto
It's been so cool, dreary, and wet for so long that it's gotten hard to remember what sunshine feels like.
more equipment, more2015.04.29, Toronto
I went to Jacob's hardware for a set of combination wrenches for bike repair today; love that store.
back on summer tires2015.04.27, Toronto
I've traded in my knobby 700x35's for some sleek 28's - always a happy surprise to feel the road again.
And just like that, I'm back to the routine of kids with stomach bugs and meal routines.
my pilgrimage is complete2015.04.24, Toronto
Someone at RSA called it a pilgrimage that is mandatory but that you only have to do once.
I skipped another afternoon of "keynotes" to meet with a succession of people.
Torontonians everywhere2015.04.22, San Francisco
Today I decided that I'd had enough of the "keynotes" and went for another walk with my camera.
over the top in the USA2015.04.21, San Francisco
The conference officially kicked off today, so naturally the first event was so over the top that it defied belief.
wandering the hills of san francisco2015.04.20, San Francisco
After today's session, I went for a walk through Chinatown with my hot pink Minolta XD-11 and some black and white film.
a jet swirling contrails2015.04.19, San Francisco
As we came over the last range of mountains I spotted another plane coming from the south (left).
heading to san francisco2015.04.17, Toronto
In two days, I leave for San Francisco; I'm joining a panel at the sprawling great RSA conference.
another cyber presentation2015.04.16, Toronto
I was asked to present on information risk at our annual user conference, held today.
running red lights2015.04.15, Toronto
Today on the way home from my cycle repair class I see nine cars run red lights.
the McNamara fallacy2015.04.13, Toronto
It's funny how you're more likely these days to see an economist declaring the system bogus.
hiring is tough work2015.04.09, Toronto
I'm currently hiring for two disparate roles, and it's tough sledding.
an earful of pool water2015.04.07, Toronto
I was holding Emma in the pool when she grabbed my head and forcibly squirted a mouthful of water into my ear.
on "How to avoid a breach"2015.04.05, Toronto
I recently saw a LinkedIn post to an article titled, "Data breaches – how to effectively avoid them and manage them if they happen".
perspective2015.04.02, St. Catharines, ON
It took us 3½ hours to drive the 100km to Saint Catharines today, and I was weary and grumbling upon arrival.
cutting off your nose2015.03.23, Toronto
This article suggests that we should no longer use email, because it's not safe.
Maebh, scratched already2015.03.15, St. Catharines, ON
We discovered that someone's struck our car and driven away without telling us.
happy Pi day, everyone2015.03.14, St. Catharines, ON
It's 3/14 again; happy Pi day all you nerds and mathematicians.
first Ethiopian meal2015.03.13, Toronto
Tonight I met a friend over Ethiopian food; it was the first time for both of (combined age, 84).
two day migraine2015.03.12, Toronto
I've just been through the first two-day migraine I've had in nearly fifteen years.
winter's back is broken2015.03.10, Toronto
And on the second day of decent weather, the count of cyclists to our office doubled to two.
a life 55 percent gone2015.03.08, Toronto
Turned forty-four this week, and for the first birthday in years, I've noticed; I guess I can see fifty coming.
an ear for voices2015.03.05, Toronto
We were listening to a Beatles song and Ken remarked, "that voice sounds like the singer from 'Monster in Paris'.
kei-tra in Canada2015.02.24, Toronto
I saw an honest-to-goodness Japanese "kei-tra" (kei truck) on Queen street tonight.
say goodnight, gracie2015.02.23, Toronto
The Boy told his sister, "Say 'Thank you,' Emma," so she said in a confident but quiet voice, "Thank you, Emma.
my son thinks I predate musical instruments2015.02.22, Toronto
I told The Boy that we didn't have "music class" at his age; naturally, he asked, "Is it because at that age, they hadn't invented flutes and instruments?" Some days I do indeed feel that old.
ice fishing at -34°C2015.02.16, Toronto
As we approached the ice-fishing site, the temperature on the dashboard read -34°C – we went out on the ice anyway.
forgetting my UNIX2015.02.13, Toronto
I'm slipping; I went to null a file by copying /dev/null to it, and took about five seconds to remember /dev/null.
more on ISACA's certifications2015.02.11, Toronto
I work in information risk management; there's a bevy of certifications in the field, but grandfathering is a big black eye.
like tobogganing on glass2015.02.08, Toronto
Last weekend we took the kids tobogganing on a hill where someone would a few days later leave a lot of broken glass.
if I were red...2015.02.04, Toronto
We went to our son's school today to hear the kids read the poems they'd written; Ken's had a great line.
getting some sleep2015.01.28, Toronto
Emma woke twice last night, and I slept through both events; it's the dawn of a new age.
we're on to something....2015.01.27, Toronto
Our darling daughter didn't sleep through the night - but she didn't demand that we attend to her, either.
now I've seen everything2015.01.23, Toronto
Today I saw a driver pull up onto the sidewalk to pass a taxi that had stopped with its blikers going.
on having a plan in life2015.01.14, Toronto
Five year ago, I had the advice from an entrepreneur that to get big things done one should have a life plan.
I'm just too nice2015.01.12, Toronto
Today I managed to convince my son that his aunt found his uncle in a pre-Internet "catalog of husbands".
so now it's snow tires2015.01.03, Toronto
Don't worry about a snowy winter in Toronto this year, I've bought snow tires so it won't snow at all.
The Boy's big day downtown2014.12.31, Toronto
At breakfast this morning, I told The Boy that he could join me at work today - a planned half day.
goodbye, 20142014.12.24, Toronto
Well, 2014, you're effectively done - and with all the VUCA* I reckon it's best to be ready for anything.
r & d funding2014.12.23, Toronto
Got a double dose of good news on our R & D funding at work, today.
a lunch downtown2014.12.22, Toronto
I met Mari and the kids for lunch downtown today; she tells me that The Boy has a special wish.
business lunching2014.12.18, Toronto
One recent thing I've started doing is meeting new business contacts over a coffee or a meal.
feeling thankful2014.12.17, Toronto
Tonight I met with a friend whose daughter is recovering from a serious concussion.
thanks for nothing, mbna2014.12.15, Toronto
I've been using an MBNA mastercard for quite some time, but they've decided they don't want me anymore.
my son's D&D character has died2014.12.13, Toronto
Facing an adversary both too strong and too many, The Boy's party was outgunned and simply ran out of luck.
o frabjous day, callooh callay2014.12.08, Toronto
Today started out with a prescription for antibiotics, but ended with a giant bag of free wooden train stuff.
where are my sarcastic air quotes2014.12.07, Toronto
Both kids had a fever this weekend; if you haven't dealt with a delirious six year old, you haven't lived! Whiny-chan was particularly whiny, too, as I'm sure I was at 2 1/2 with a 39C fever.
SIFMA makes the first move2014.12.05, Toronto
Over the past couple of years, I've been watching for a "guidance note" from one of the regulators on cyber security.
return to the hospital2014.12.05, Toronto
Our plans to wean the little one from constant night-time attention have been thwarted: fever and worse.
dodging ice patches on my bike2014.12.04, Toronto
Looks like the wide, rugged tires on my Surly are just the thing for dodging or riding over patches of ice.
the day of Christmas trees2014.12.01, Toronto
I've started compiling a new section of my website dealing with the house rules for dungeons and dragons.
worst day of the year2014.11.28, Toronto
Take a day that starts with a migraine, then add some grief from a car dealership, an auditor, and a failed hard drive.
no car after all2014.11.27, Toronto
So it looks like we're not buying a car after all - a supposed problem came up with the warranty, so it's undone.
published with the IRM2014.11.26, Toronto
The Institute of Risk Management has agreed to publish my dissertation to its membership.
introducing people2014.11.25, Toronto
One of the advantages of attending network events is that you meet people who make you think.
getting right back into D&D2014.11.24, Toronto
I've started modifying the rewrite of the basic/expert dungeons and dragons rules I'm playing with The Boy.
now I own a car2014.11.15, Toronto
At 43, I now own a car for the first time in my life; nay, it's an SUV, and we can thank parenthood.
mw, interacting with people2014.11.14, Toronto
Today I managed to do some socializing; such a rare treat in Toronto when you're middle aged.
eight years2014.11.12, Toronto
Mari and I realized that the eighth anniversary of our wedding ceremony on a beach in Thailand was last week.
new meds cause "confusion"2014.11.07, Toronto
Nothing like antibiotic fueled "confusion" in a six year old to wake you up on a Friday evening.
cycle toronto for a year2014.11.06, Toronto
It's been a year since I joined Cycle Toronto; I'm marking the event by attending a day long seminar on a weekend.
paid for my damaged bike2014.10.28, Toronto
Today I received the check for the bike that was destroyed on September 22nd.
Michael Werneburg, MSc2014.10.27, Toronto
I got a 79% on my dissertation, which I'm told is pretty good for the UK.
first commute on my new bike2014.10.24, Toronto
With a new bike, you really get what you pay for; my new Surly Cross-check is a thing of beauty.
at last, my new bike2014.10.23, Toronto
This evening I took possession of my new bike, a Surly Cross-Check with townie handlebars.
four weeks without a bike2014.10.22, Toronto
Four weeks ago, a movie production company's truck destroyed my bike; it's been quite an adjustment.
a risk practitioners uprising2014.10.10, Toronto
I took a couple of vacation days to go to Minneapolis and join the third annual conference of the Society of Information Risk Analysts, an interesting group of risk practitioners that is putting together what seems to be not exactly a people's uprising but a practitioners' uprising in the information risk management field.
So this is Minneapolis2014.10.08, Minneapolis
I’m in Minneapolis for a conference and I have to say I like it here.
500px is our neighbour2014.10.07, Toronto
I've just discovered that the offices of 500px are half a block away, on our street.
the TTC is not good for my legs2014.10.06, Toronto
It's now been two weeks since my bike was destroyed, and my legs and hips are constantly sore from lack of exercise.
going to Minneapolis2014.10.02, Toronto
I'm going to join a conference on information risk management in exotic Minneapolis.
success at last with my bike2014.10.01, Toronto
I've finally had some success with getting my damaged bike replaced; I had to resort to threats.
could this be our first car2014.09.29, Toronto
It's not much to look at, but this is the type of car we're considering for our growing family.
all-city space horse2014.09.28, Toronto
While I imagine the "Space horse" might take the award for most strangely named bicycle, it is truly beautiful to behold.
what bike next2014.09.24, Toronto
So my beloved, but somewhat underweight KHS bike is gone.
fun at "Jungle Cat World"2014.09.20, Orono, Ontario
We went to bustling Orono, Ontario today and saw some of the world's last remaining 120 Amur leopards.
my odyssey on the TTC2014.09.19, Toronto
Today I had a truly bizarre trip to work, courtesy of the Toronto Transit Commission.
applying for an award2014.09.17, Toronto
I'm going to submit an entry for an award competition, based on my work over the past few years.
some monarchs at last2014.09.14, Toronto
My son and I must have seen a dozen monarch butterflies in the city today as we rode "Bells on Danforth".
cycling to savings2014.09.12, Toronto
I figure my bike saved me five TTC fares today; I've now saved over $3,400 in TTC fares in two years with a $700 bike.
holy crap, this is early September2014.09.11, Toronto
I faced a 30kph headwind heading west into the city this morning, then a biting 15 kph headwind heading east again in the evening.
so it's meritage2014.09.09, Toronto
Thanks to my mum's expertise, Mari and I have been "bumped out of our wine bracket" and now drink Meritage wines, which are blends that take the various excesses out of the different single-grape type drinks.
car ownership2014.09.08, Toronto
It looks like we might become the last family of four without a car, and finally join the driving set.
DaftBlogger once more2014.09.05, Toronto
Once again, I've written a post about the thrilling world of service audits; incredibly, I keep being invited back.
all moved in2014.09.03, Toronto
It's nice when you're a niche software provider and you're in a like-minded neighbourhood.
The Boy is a grade-one student2014.09.02, Toronto
When we took our son to school today, I agreed with some of the other parents - we couldn't remember our first day.
I'm signed up for more volunteering for Cycle Toronto; this time, manning a booth at the last East Lynn market for the season.
stupidity again today2014.08.28, Toronto
Today a restauranteur distinguished himself when I tried to pay with a credit card at his cash-only spot; he let me go.
to the science center!2014.08.27, Toronto
I took the day off due to Emma's being unwell, and spent the day with The Boy; we went to the science center (naturally).
today I pissed away $452014.08.25, Toronto
I mis-heard a quote at a print house: I thought I was spending $16, but it came to $60; aging does not make you wiser.
today, the storage unit2014.08.24, Toronto
Today we really lived it up, clearing out the storage unit for the first time in three and a half years.
feeling rough today2014.08.22, Toronto
For whatever reason, it wasn't until today that the news of the death of a friend a few weeks ago really hit me.
housing in a bubble2014.08.21, Toronto
When your kids are too big an noisy for your apartment, but the housing market's gone bubbly, you must ride it out.
and now, a book project2014.08.20, Toronto
Next up; a book project on how to get a service provider through an audit, to sell to regulated industries.
edited star wars movies2014.08.18, Toronto
At a BBQ, I learned that I'm not the only one who shows his kids the fan edited versions of Star Wars.
twenty years2014.08.16, Toronto
I've now been working for more than twenty years; I suppose it's better than to toil in obscurity than it is to loaf in obscurity.
Hardly know what to do with myself now that I'm not studying and writing for hours a day.
Toronto is nice in Augtober2014.08.14, Toronto
It was 14ºC this morning, and so cool in the evening that the heat came on in our apartment.
my dissertation is submitted2014.08.13, Toronto
I've submitted my dissertation; three years of work has come to this final piece in my master's degree.
dear Adobe and Microsoft...2014.08.12, Toronto
Dear Adobe and Microsoft; I've paid for both your products, I need them to work together -- get on it!!.
you win this round, phragmites!2014.08.08, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
I've fought to a draw with the phragmites at the cottage; after days of work with the scythe, it feels like harvesting than eradication.
caught a big bass2014.08.06, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
I've never been a successful fisherman, but today I caught a 43cm/17" bass off the end of the dock.
the fisherman2014.08.05, Toronto
Ken's been catching fish left and right; at this pace he'll have caught more this week than I had by the age of forty.
it's war!2014.08.04, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
We're at the cottage, and it turns out that the waterfront's become infested with an invasive species called "phragmites".
yay, here comes ebola2014.07.31, Toronto
There are more an more articles spreading about an ebola article in western Africa.
what I do2014.07.29, Toronto
Someone on LinkedIn asked why I have the title of "Director of Business Risk & Opportunity", so I wrote it all down.
a long week is over2014.07.25, Toronto
Never buy an adjustable stem for a bicycle; that bit of advice sent me from pillar to post today until I'd fixed that mistake.
a house on fire2014.07.23, Toronto
Tonight in the wee hours, we were woken by the sirens of fire engines; a house across the street was aflame.
Toronto ferry dock's 2014.07.21, Toronto
Went to see if Ken's cycling gloves were at Toronto ferry's "lost and found"; it turns out that's just a pile of junk on a sidewalk.
The Boy and I spent the day volunteering - we went to Main Square and helped people with old bikes.
the curse of camera lustin'2014.07.18, Toronto
With just 1 income and 2 kids to feed, I'm the rare photographer who is resisting his wife's urging to buy a new camera.
our halfling daughter2014.07.15, Toronto
Once again, someone asked Mari, "Oh, she's your daughter? Is your husband black?".
watches rub off on people2014.07.15, Toronto
Among the other "watch people" iin our office, one has bought the SARX017 I decided against back in the spring.
flesh-eating bacteria be damned2014.07.14, Toronto
I had a chat today at lunch time with someone who's recovering from a fight with a flesh-eating bacterium.
slowly, Toronto is becoming cycle-ready2014.07.10, Toronto
With the new contra-flow cycle lanes, the city is learning that cycling is a solution; no one tell the Mayors! I belong to a group that proposed and won such a lane on Dixon avenue in the Beaches Triangle.
someone who gets it2014.07.09, Toronto
When you're lost in the midst of a dissertation, it's enormously helpful to meet someone who understands you.
putin mugs make happy2014.07.08, Toronto
I bought some his-and-hers coffee mugs with images of Vladimir Putin for my brother and his wife.
feeling thankful for small things2014.07.07, Toronto
The torrential rain that was coming down all night finally eased up about 1/4 of the way through my cycle commute.
found by my tiny daughter2014.07.04, Toronto
As I cycled home tonight, I heard a familiar voice cry "'addy"—the two year old had spotted me passing in a park and called me.
why me not think good2014.07.03, Toronto
In the same book I quoted yesterday, I found this list of common problems with human cognition; it's a doozy.
now I've read everything2014.07.02, Toronto
I found this excerpt in a business management book, today, and to be honest I believe it completely.
great ball contraption2014.06.29, Toronto
Some people are really mechanically inclined; no surprise this lego-based "great ball contraption comes from Japan.
to Leslie Spit!2014.06.28, Toronto
Today was our first visit to Leslie Spit so far this year.
a goose egg for The Boy2014.06.26, Toronto
Poor Ken; he's currently missing six teeth in front and then he took a spill and has a big goose-egg on his forehead.
car wax on a bike2014.06.23, Toronto
It's not usual that I meet someone who towers over me, but one such giant taught me that you can use car wax on a bike.
ken's new bike2014.06.22, Toronto
I took Ken up to Cyclepath on Danforth and got him a new bike.
what a perfect day2014.06.21, Toronto
We spent the day cycling with some friends, down to center island then up its length, then back.
no more shooting film2014.06.20, Toronto
The repair shop wants another $60 just to get a quote on my film cameras; I guess I'm done with film photography.
young no longer2014.06.19, Toronto
There was a time when I was young; I recognize that those days are long over.
a bike lane approved2014.06.18, Toronto
Cycle Toronto's "32 Spokes" in Ward 32 has managed to get a contra-flow bike lane through the PWIC today.
edits, edits, edits2014.06.17, Toronto
I'm in the final stretch for my dissertation; the endless edits and rewrites.
learning at the feet of the masters2014.06.14, Toronto
I had an interesting opportunity to learn from some talented Toronto drivers today; I assume it's a full moon? My first opportunity came with a chance to speak with a woman today while driving in Scarborough, asking if she could explain a stunt she'd just pulled.
give the cyclist a door prize!2014.06.13, Toronto
I got doored by someone emerging from a taxi, today; I pulled out of it but it's still dangerous and annoying.
weekend of LEGO2014.06.09, Toronto
I spent the weekend playing with LEGO with my son.
another year, another AGM2014.06.05, Toronto
Time flies when you're having fun; and so, I found myself at the annual general meeting of the institute of internal auditors.
3D yoda head for lego minifig2014.06.04, Toronto
Our friend Michael has made our son a Yoda head for a LEGO minifig on his company's 3D printer; it looked amazing! He and I met on the street car, as I'd inadvertently left my bike locked up outside the office (mercifully, it was still there).
The Kenneth A2014.05.30, Toronto
Today I spotted a boat that had my son's name, "Kenneth A"; knew I should have brought a camera.
fondling cameras2014.05.29, Toronto
I dropped off some film and took the opportunity to fondle a digital camera (behind my film camera's back).
bikes made in Toronto2014.05.27, Toronto
I've noticed some new brands of bikes around, of late; it turns out there are two new bike manufacturers in Toronto.
today I "biked to work"2014.05.26, Toronto
I joined Cycle Toronto's "bike to work" thing today for the first time; it was fun, there were hundreds of cyclists involved.
voting Green2014.05.26, Toronto
I had no idea who I'd vote for in the Provincial election; happily I've learned that someone I know is standing for the Greens.
happy towel day!!2014.05.25, Toronto
OK, geeks, it's towel day and I hope you've got your towel with you.
progress on my dissertation2014.05.24, Toronto
I've made quite a bit of headway with my dissertation, in part by taking a week off of work to throw myself at the thing.
Rob Ford's not all bad2014.05.20, Toronto
Rob Ford's not all bad; thanks to him, parents are having the "drugs are bad" talk with their kids waaaaay ahead of schedule.
gluten-free beer in Japan2014.05.18, Toronto
Mari's just discovered that the whole time I was in Japan, there were gluten-free beers available (dammit).
dragging out the bikes2014.05.17, Toronto
This "Spring" has been so cold and wet that we haven't been on a joint bike ride yet.
ken's gymnastics day2014.05.17, Toronto
We went to the gymnastics day event for Ken's Japanese school today.
seing to Niagara2014.05.15, Toronto
On Sunday we went to the beach and I noticed that I could see a lighthouse on the Niagara shore of the lake.
good-bye "yarsh"2014.05.14, Toronto
Our daughter's learning to speak using words, so no more waking in the night only to point at a wall and whisper "yarsh".
on coffee and batteries2014.05.13, Toronto
Some days are full of import; some times you're just happy to remember to buy coffee and batteries.
singing all the time2014.05.12, Toronto
When a toddler grows up in a bilingual home, and hits the sing-all-day phase, the result is one long nursery rhyme mash-up.
yup, it's allergy season2014.05.07, Toronto
After days of symptoms it's clear - the temperature has hit the double digits (at last) and now it's allergy season.
consuming the blood of the young2014.05.06, Toronto
So it turns out that we can improve the health and energy levels of the elderly by giving them blood transfusions from younger people.
another new blog post2014.05.05, Toronto
I've written a blog post that dives into some of the results of my masters dissertation.
may the fourth be with you!2014.05.04, Toronto
Today we went to the toy store to pick up a scooter for The Boy; incredibly, there was a line up waiting for the store to open.
and now the mosquitos2014.05.02, Toronto
It's not enough that we're still experiencing March weather in May - now we have to contend with mosquitoes, too.
don't drop the baby!2014.05.01, Toronto
The other day, I nearly dropped squirmy little Emma on her head; when I caught her, her hair was already touching the floor.
cycling in dress socks2014.04.28, Toronto
I was so out of it this morning I cycled to work in a pair of dress socks - it must be Monday.
bigger nerd than ever2014.04.24, Toronto
I've found a way to be a bigger nerd than ever; using an RFID-proof wallet.
more fun with my dissertation2014.04.23, Toronto
I've had some interesting results from a survey of technology service providers who had completed a third-party service audit.
return of the cold weather2014.04.22, Toronto
I grew up in Calgary, so I don't mind winter; but enough of this 3°C and rain! It's no good for cycling, it's no good for getting around and taking care of things, and it's certainly no good for getting the kids out of the house.
simpletax.ca to the rescue2014.04.21, Toronto
I've been back in Canada for three years, but I still haven't gotten used to our complicated tax return system.
progress on my dissertation2014.04.20, Toronto
As part of my masters dissertation, I surveyed six firms to evaluate their experience with service audits with interesting results.
easter eggs for a toddler2014.04.20, Toronto
It was Emma's first Easter egg hunt with her brother, and she was lucky: her brother was a real sweetheart about sharing.
shooting my coworkers2014.04.18, Toronto
Earlier this week, I lived out the dream of shooting my coworkers.
"i love you"2014.04.17, Toronto
Little Emma told me she loved me today, on the phone.
everyone's lived in Japan2014.04.14, Toronto
While munching on a burger at Queen and Spadina today, I watched the people go by.
having a ball2014.04.11, Toronto
I've done some of the most interesting stuff of my career this past week.
prowler in the neighborhood2014.04.09, Toronto
Mari had a scare at home tonight, someone (young, black, not in a uniform, no sign of a donation clip-board etc) at the door as evening set it, handling a plush toy made for kids.
more bike repairs2014.04.08, Toronto
Last year I had a new set of handlebars put on my bike, they're "city bike" style, swept back like a pigeon's wings.
tanned and relaxed2014.04.05, Toronto
Well, the family may be tanned and relaxed from their month in Kyushu but on their second morning back there was snow in the air.
Mari and the kids, gone for a month2014.04.02, Toronto
Mari and the kids have been in Japan for the past month, and we had our final Skype chat tonight before they'd get on the plane.
a remarkable trip to work2014.04.01, Toronto
Today as I was riding to work, I came upon a construction site where a giant crane was lifting some concrete barriers into place.
a wallet in the street at 07:452014.03.29, Toronto
As I was rushing across town on my bike this morning I found a wallet lying on the street at Dundas Avenue (at Hastings).
the good thing about a masters degree2014.03.27, Toronto
When you're an adult student doing a masters dissertation, it seems that having interested responses from authors you're citing can come with the territory.
an icy beard at -12ºC2014.03.26, Toronto
I've been cycling all week so far, but today was the coldest day I've cycled (possibly ever).
cycled to work today2014.03.18, Toronto
I took the plunge, and cycled to work in -5°C weather on roads that were mostly clear but naturally still somewhat icy.
housing in Canada2014.03.12, Toronto
The house where my family lived from the time I was nine through eighteen was sold this year.
new beater watch2014.03.06, Toronto
For quite a while, I found myself torn between a rugged no-worry every day watch and something more expensive.
tobaggen track in our backyard2014.03.02, Toronto
Say what you will about the constant snow and cold, we've got a pretty good tobaggen track in our backyard right now, with a nice jump and two exciting curves.
new thinking on a watch2014.03.02, Toronto
Mari and I have decided to get a different "JDM" watch for me in Japan while she's in Japan with the kids over my birthday.
latest watch crush2014.02.22, Toronto
I've discovered a website where you can order "Japan Domestic Market" Seiko watches, and found this lovely item.
are risk registers obsolete2014.02.21, Toronto
I founded the risk management function at PortfolioAid—a provider of technical solutions to the financial industry—just as the firm was entering a period of aggressive growth.
public action2014.02.18, Toronto
I took The Boy to a public meeting held by the city to look into whether they're going to build the cycle lanes we've been working for.
trying to be funny2014.02.15, Toronto
I made some Dilbert comics based on the "mashup" tool on the dilbert.
thinking of watches2014.02.15, Toronto
I've been thinking of replacing the watch that died on me a couple of years ago – the bare spot on my wrist has been bugging me.
privacy petition2014.02.11, Toronto
Today I signed a petition about online privacy.
more blogging2014.02.09, Toronto
The editor of the blog for which I submitted the article has now asked me to write something for him every month.
camera porn from Fuji2014.02.08, Toronto
Ah, man, the things you see when you have neither the cash nor the time.
gung hay fat choy MacKenzie clan!2014.02.06, Toronto
At a Chinese New Year's party this past weekend I met someone who, like my mother's family, has connections to the MacKenzies of "Middle River" in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
more blogging (ISACA)2014.02.04, Toronto
A contact at ISACA has agreed to look at what would be a second blog post for their regular feature, "ISACA Now".
business planning2014.02.04, Toronto
Getting a business plan down on paper is one of those substantial, cathartic affairs.
a guest blog post2014.02.02, Toronto
Say, my guest blog post on risk & opportunity went live on the 19th.
a bloody snowman2014.01.30, Toronto
A friend in Tokyo sent me a funny image and story about a raccoon-eating snowman in the US.
buh-bye cafergot2014.01.29, Toronto
Some great news today: the medication I take for my migraines has been discontinued.
a letter and a bottle2014.01.28, Toronto
Our downstairs neighbour has to live with every bump and shout and scrape that we produce.
got an old charge reversed2014.01.27, Toronto
It's been one of those months, where every time I turn around something's gone sideways.
five minutes or forty, TTC2014.01.24, Toronto
The TTC is under the delusion that street cars come to my stop in the Beaches on a roughly five minute schedule.
rush passport!2014.01.22, Toronto
Just once in my life I'd like to do a passport application without it being a borderline panic.
reading at natural speed2014.01.21, Toronto
The Toronto school system has a reading system where the kids follow graded levels, A, B, C, etc.
debit card fraud (or is it FUD)2014.01.20, Toronto
Today I attended a seminar on securing personal data, presented by someone with experience in the credit card world at the highest levels.
TV time, again2014.01.17, Toronto
So, I have a TV for the first time in 9 1/2 years.
credit card number compromised2014.01.14, Toronto
Three years ago, someone stole my driver's license details and I had to go through months of getting the resulting fraudulent activity unwound.
still no TV2014.01.14, Toronto
Having a TV mounting bracket on the wall, but no TV to hang there is a strange situation but that's where we stand.
checks lost in space2014.01.13, Toronto
Some time back, Mari and I took our son into the branch of our local bank to open an account for him.
ice and slipping2014.01.12, Toronto
Two of my coworkers have slipped recently and injured themselves.
comments, I get comments2014.01.05, Toronto
I've been getting some good comments on my website recently, including my tale of being crapped on by birds and my guide to .
some resolutions2014.01.01, Toronto
I've decided to renew my decade-lost habit of making new year's resolutions.
a concussion and a new phone2013.12.30, Toronto
I recently switched to a new mobile provider and at the time turned down the phone they wanted to send me; now I've changed my mind.
home again2013.12.29, Toronto
We're home, and it's turned bitterly cold.
no snow at all2013.12.27, St. Catharines
We all brought our parkas and boots and even a sled, but the snow's all melted and it's even moderately sunny - I'm not complaining, but I am overdressed.
the work year grinds to a halt on a good note2013.12.24, Toronto
On this, the last business day of the year, we got some very good news on a project I've been working on since February: a whopping refund from the Canadian Revenue Agency.
political activism2013.12.02, Toronto
This weekend Ken and I had fun stuffing information pamphlets into mailboxes on a short one-way street in our neighbourhood this weekend.
an arrest on my street2013.11.27, Toronto
As I was taking Ken to school this morning I noticed two police officers leading a man in handcuffs to their patrol car.
back on my bike2013.11.27, Toronto
I was sick on Monday of last week, and wound up missing a whole week of cycling as I rode the TTC.
this year's photo book2013.11.26, Toronto
We're working on "volume six" of the ongoing photo documentary for our kids.
getting together with friends2013.11.24, Toronto
We had the happy change of pace today in that we were invited to the home of some friends for dinner.
way to go, Toronto2013.11.22, Toronto
Which of the following are now gone or going: a) Honest Ed's (to make way for condos) b) World's Biggest Bookstore (to make way for condos) c) Sam the Record Man (becoming part of Ryerson) d) Royal Alexandra Theater (to make way for condos) e) Princess of Wales Theater (to make way for condos) f) all of the above! That's right, it's 'f'.
an "oldie"2013.11.17, Toronto
I was in a store this week when an old song came on.
the boy is smarter than we are2013.11.16, Toronto
Tonight as we were setting up to do our recent-usual Saturday night shadow puppetry, Ken announced that he wanted to "Show us something.
a telco does something kind2013.11.15, Toronto
Today a telephone/communications company did something decent for perhaps the first time in history.
the new MEC logo2013.11.14, Toronto
a flabby logo for a flabby clientele I work right next to Toronto's "MEC" store, which used to be called "Mountain Equipment Co-op".
my new bike seat2013.11.13, Toronto
I'm now cycling with a seat without a 'horn'.
what ISACA needs2013.11.12, Toronto
I belong to an IT governance, audit, and security organization called ISACA.
bouncing on Dundas2013.11.11, Toronto
Well, it's Monday, following the classic definition; "A sunny day that follows two days of cloud and rain.
more identity theft factors2013.11.09, Toronto
I didn't leave the house today, choosing instead to divide my time between my dissertation and the data breach / identity theft nonsense.
a new name2013.11.08, Toronto
Due to my identity records being stolen from the website of a clueless Trust Company, I sought the advice of a lawyer.
new seat for sore back2013.11.05, Toronto
I spoke with a fellow this morning on my ride to work about the unusual seat on his bike.
-5° this morning2013.11.04, Toronto
What a day to leave the house without a toque or a scarf.
happy November, drivers2013.11.01, Toronto
Today someone with a mobile device in his lap decided he'd had enough of waiting at the red light and made an abrupt left turn through the intersection, despite the fact that three lanes of one-way traffic were closing in from the right.
scanning in color2013.10.30, Toronto
I've finally figured something out with my scanner and the software I'm using.
me and "Cycle Toronto"2013.10.29, Toronto
I've signed up with an organization called "Cycle Toronto", formerly known as the Toronto Cyclist's Union.
a giant relief2013.10.28, Toronto
We went to see a paediatric neurologist today about an early diagnoses from the paediatric emergency doctors that Emma has a serious, progressive disorder.
fifteen years online2013.10.18, Toronto
Fifteen years and eleven days ago, I registered my first personal Internet domain: etherlabs.
two kids sick2013.10.16, Toronto
Emma's obviously dealing with a cold.
new handlebars just fine2013.10.15, Toronto
I can't be sure, but I believe that my new handlebars are already helping my back.
Ken likes raking2013.10.14, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
Ken likes raking, which is good because we wound up packing away over fifty of those large yard & garden bags of the things at the cottage this weekend.
Emma speaks Owlish2013.10.12, Toronto
We've been trying to encourage Emma to speak using actual words.
professionalizing IT security2013.10.10, Toronto
Nearly a year ago, I came across a well-written piece on the state of the IT security field, and what's wrong with it.
new photos unearthed2013.10.10, Toronto
It turns out that I scanned two rolls of film back in February and then did not add them to the website.
so it's muscular2013.10.08, Toronto
Today I learned from my physiotherapist that a long-standing discomfort I've been putting up with is not a side effect of a surgery I had six months ago, but of a lifetime of slothful lazy about in front of computers.
seven year itch2013.10.02, Toronto
Mari and I have been married for nearly seven years.
fist-fighting commuters2013.09.30, Toronto
Recently on the way home from work work I saw two fights erupt on a short stretch of my route.
so the west is getting dumber2013.09.27, Toronto
Apparently, the population of the west has seen a steady erosion of IQ test results since Victorian times (the late 19th century).
terry fox run2013.09.26, Toronto
Ken's doing the Terry Fox Run again this year.
goodbye Monarch butterflies2013.09.25, Toronto
On a recent trip with Opa, Ken was enthusiastic about seeing some Monarch butterfly caterpillars crawling on some milkweed plants.
After nineteen years and change, I'm a university student again.
petroglyphs park2013.09.16, Toronto
Today, Ken, his Opa, and I went to Petroglyphs Provincial Park.
first day of physiotherapy2013.09.13, Toronto
I've started working with a physiotherapist due to the lingering pain in my back and pelvis.
volunteering for what2013.09.12, Toronto
Because I have so little with which to occupy my time, I'm looking at volunteering for some of the professional associations I belong to.
$60 brake fix?2013.09.10, Toronto
And that's enough of paying for bike repairs I should be able to do myself.
fixing the brakes2013.09.09, Toronto
I didn't get around to fixing my brakes on the weekend, so I switched around the damaged brake arm from the front with one at the rear of the bike (leaving the pads backwards) and set off.
ken gets stung2013.09.08, Toronto
It's the season for yellowjacket hornets, and even though we all know not to swat the damn things (this causes the hit insect to release fight pheromones, which attracts angry allies), I accidentally knocked one of the things while trying to wave it away.
dad's in town2013.09.06, Toronto
My father and step-mother are in town.
brakes broke2013.09.06, Toronto
I came out of the office tonight to discover that a component of the front brakes on my bike has broken.
fifteen kids, one car2013.09.04, Toronto
A car alarm sounded across the street this evening, something I haven't heard in the 21/2 years we've been here.
two fishermen, five fish2013.09.02, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
Knowing that we were heading out mid-day, I woke Ken early and we headed out on the water by 06:30.
two fishermen, no fish2013.09.01, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
For some reason I got the old row-boat down to the water, put The Boy into it, and dragged him half-way across Sturgeon Bay, rowing into a steady headwind the whole way.
seven kids, six parents2013.08.30, Toronto
We were outnumbered at a get-together this evening with Elias's family and Manami's family ('round here we identify families by the first name of the first born, for whatever reason—I suppose it was probably a protocol invented by our own first born).
"don't get fatter!"2013.08.29, Toronto
As I was heading out the door today, my five year old son warned me, "don't get fatter!" He pointed at my thighs and told me they were getting too big.
going back to school2013.08.28, Toronto
The results on the daily practice tests I've been doing for the CIA final exam are getting steadily better.
soaking of the year2013.08.27, Toronto
In each of the two years since I've been back, I've fallen from my bike once and been caught in torrential rain at least once.
There's a word in Japanese, "chimpunkanpun"「ちんぷんかんぷん」.
pedialyte and tequila2013.08.25, Toronto
It must be a Sunday afternoon when you're down to mixing tequila with expired children's electrolyte drink.
bird shit .. again2013.08.21, Toronto
For the thirteenth wonderful time in my life, I've been shit on by a bird.
cycling in the morning2013.08.20, Toronto
I left home before 07:00 this morning, cycling under a red dawn on streets I expected to find a good deal quieter than they in fact turned out to be.
aBBQ in Lelieville2013.08.18, Toronto
An old friend (and former boss) had us over for a BBQ today so that our wives and kids could meet.
back at TEGH2013.08.12, Toronto
Today we met at lunch time to take little Emma in to see a specialist.
cycling again2013.08.11, Toronto
This weekend we got Ken out on his little green bike for the first time in quite a while.
meeting an entrepreneur2013.08.09, Toronto
Today after work I met with a whip-smart fellow who's uncovered a business opportunity and is designing a technology solution.
rescheduled my exam2013.08.08, Toronto
My practice quiz results still aren't where I need them to be.
goodbye, visitors2013.08.07, Toronto
We've been spending time with a succession of visitors from overseas since the middle of June.
a day off .. to study2013.08.06, Toronto
We've got friends in town and I took the day off so that Mari, the kids, and I could get together with them.
more Plectostomus2013.08.05, Toronto
The recent heat wave killed the dwarf plecostomus in my larger aquarium 2-3 weeks ago.
cheery new cherries2013.08.04, Toronto
Ken and I went to the local pet store today and bought some tiny cherry barbs for the small aquarium.
again with the rain2013.08.02, Toronto
Toronto I love you, but your weather is bringing me down.
riding with a stool sample2013.08.01, Toronto
Emma still has some lingering effects from her illness, so I found myself riding through the city with a baby's stool sample to deliver.
4 out of 5 ain't bad2013.07.29, Toronto
I reckon I've got some four out of five of the skills outlined as "essential" in the line of work I'm moving into.
balancing work and kids2013.07.25, Toronto
It's funny, I'm in the midst of studying things like accountability and efficiency, and dropped two and half days of work right in the midst of several projects & initiatives because one of my kids got sick.
sick children and junkies2013.07.24, Toronto
For the record, I would like to recommend to our medical system that there's a difference between adults with broken legs and children undergoing life-threatening mystery diseases on the one side, and pill-seeking scheming regulars.
Emma in the hospital2013.07.23, Toronto
Today we were woken with a medical emergency with little Emma at 00:30.
from 1983 to 19972013.07.22, Toronto
Ken and I have been playing an emulated version of the ~1983 Commodore 64 release of the original "Mario Brothers", the platform game.
two more quizzes2013.07.17, Toronto
Well, not sure what happened today, but I averaged only 63% on my two quizzes.
practice quizzes and nothing but2013.07.16, Toronto
So I started my day with a practice quiz before work, and ended it with another after work: average score, 90%.
CIA: the final countdown2013.07.15, Toronto
This time next month, I will have written and passed the final of my exams for the CIA designation.
LED for the aquarium2013.07.14, Toronto
The light over my larger aquarium is now so feeble that it's allowing brown algae to grow.
another cousin is wed2013.07.13, Toronto
I'm quite a bit older than most of my seven cousins, who range in age from about 20 to 28.
so long, managerial accounting2013.07.11, Toronto
It's taken a few weeks, but I think I've rounded the corner on the managerial accounting portion of my CIA studies.
record rainfall2013.07.09, Toronto
So we had a bit of a rainfall last night.
how to avoid being C-3PO2013.07.07, Toronto
I recently came across a bullet list of the three principle jobs of the risk manager.
my son caught a fish2013.07.07, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
The Boy caught a fish following instruction from his grand-father, and using a fishing rod purchased by his Opa for his uncle Ken 25 years previously.
Emma's first walkabout2013.07.06, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
Emma took a brief walk across the cottage floor today.
Emma wants in, whatever it is2013.07.05, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
Today as we drove a rental van north to the Georgian Bay area, Mari moved a bag of crackers as she looked for something.
audit in the summertime2013.07.04, Toronto
It's funny undergoing a rigorous external audit just as silly season kicks in.
a friend gets promoted2013.07.02, Toronto
A lawyer friend has taken a gig that he summed up by saying, "The exposure includes things like potentially testifying to congress.
reading in the park2013.06.28, Toronto
Recently, I've had the good fortune to be able to do my CIA reading in the park, next to the lake.
screaming on the street2013.06.26, Toronto
I had an unexpected experience today that saw me screaming at strangers on the street.
lost a good raincoat today2013.06.25, Toronto
Through a tale too dull and stupid to tell, I managed to lose a good rain poncho today.
"bird of prey"2013.06.23, Toronto
One of the odder first words that our fourteen-month-old daughter uttered, today, was "bird of prey".
the falls!2013.06.21, st. catharines
We took Mari's parents to see the Falls today.
dining without children2013.06.20, Toronto
On several occasions since Ken's birth, we've eaten nice meals (cough cough, "without kids") because Ken was fairly good with sleeping through the late afternoon-evening if we got lucky.
managerial accounting, here I come2013.06.17, Toronto
This CIA study is taking me to some interesting places as a more organized version of the here-and-there studies of business concepts that I've been engaged in over the past few years.
rainy father's day2013.06.16, Toronto
We're heading to Oakville for the traditional family BBQ there for Father's Day.
depressingly good writing2013.06.14, Toronto
The other day, we saw a display of photography at the museum that was so good I found it depressing: I'm just not progressing in that field at all.
bike fixed – off to meet "Kazu/Jiji"2013.06.11, Toronto
So it turns out that something like 40cm of that cord that got caught in my rear gear assembly last night in the rain storm was still inside the mechanism, trapped between the gears and the wheel.
free car rental insurance2013.06.11, Toronto
So it turns out that the new cash-back credit card gives us the car rental insurance waiver benefit without an annual fee.
filed a police complaint2013.06.10, Toronto
Someone heading west-bound on Dundas this morning decided to use the cycle lane to try to overtake other drivers this morning.
apple gets it right2013.06.07, Toronto
The other day I wrote about my dissatisfaction with Apple's support for our PC's and other equipment.
dodged a $5 bullet2013.06.04, Toronto
Our son destroyed a brand new library book by tossing it into his backpack with a thermos bottle with the lid still unsealed.
on cash-back credit cards2013.05.30, Toronto
I was given the advice that a cash-back credit card can save hundreds of dollars on routine purchases.
Wordpress and nginx2013.05.27, Toronto
So it turns out that the good folks that produce WordPress have done some naughty hard-coding of $_SERVER variables in their product.
scandal, scandal, everywhere2013.05.24, Toronto
Now we've got scandal at the federal level—senators charging the taxpayer outrageously, then interfering with investigations, and getting the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff to pick up the bill.
CIA #3 is going to be difficult2013.05.22, Toronto
I think I said this about the previous two CIA exams as well, but this third one is going to be a killer.
back in the saddle2013.05.21, Toronto
After two weeks of TTC due to recovering from a procedure, I am very, very happy to be back on the bike.
if I were 23 again2013.05.20, Toronto
On an Internet forum, someone asked what advice I'd give my 23-year-old self if I could.
weehoo and eastern kingbird2013.05.19, Toronto
Ken and I took to the cycle paths today, heading to Leslie Spit, then up the Don Valley as far as Riverdale Park, then across to home.
and yet I did nothing2013.05.17, Toronto
On a stretch of Queen Street East I saw some unhappy things this morning.
Permian redux2013.05.12, Toronto
Ken and I watched an interesting video on the great extinction event that brought the Permian (and the entire paleozoic, life's first run on Earth) to an end.
today, I ate outdoors2013.05.02, Toronto
Spring comes so slowly to Canadian cities! Today was the first day that was warm enough to eat outside.
the Lockwood secret2013.04.30, Toronto
Over the past two years, I've noticed west-bound morning commuter cyclists on Queen Street deke off of Queen at Lockwood Road, which is only a block long.
website getting smaller2013.04.24, Toronto
I've taken all of my family and personal photos offline, leaving only stuff that's more suitable for the general public on this site.
leveraging a CIA into an MSc2013.04.22, Toronto
I've found a couple of master degree programs that I can do online in a year using my expected CIA certification to get a waiver on the first two years work in the degree.
bikes, bikes, bikes2013.04.21, Toronto
After the cold weather had long since settled in this past Autumn, my boss told me that his family had a spare bike (a loaner long forgotten by a now-defunct bike shop) and that I could have it.
crapped on by a bird again (that's twelve)2013.04.20, Toronto
I pulled out the suede coat that my mother resurrected for me recently with some repairs, and lo and behold, there was a spatter of white birdshit that must have hit me when I was cycling this week, from the looks of things.
PMP for a year2013.04.19, Toronto
Wow, it's been a year since I wrote the bizarre and tricksy PMP exam.
muddy cycling again2013.04.16, Toronto
Cycling in cold, wet weather tends to keep the fairweather cyclists out of the way, but you sure get muddy.
the fourth turning2013.04.10, Toronto
It took me nearly a year, but I've finished this book at last.
Lego fails us again2013.03.31, Toronto
After our visit to Legoland, Ken was very keen on Lego and spent quite a bit of time building models from the small kit we bought him at the site.
pigeon trapped in a window2013.03.21, Toronto
You know how a fly will get in through an open window and be unable to get out again? I witnessed that today with a pigeon.
my home town and the underground railway2013.03.10, Toronto
It turns out that my home town was the northern end of the "underground railway", something that my mum has mentioned several times over the years.
a good day, today2013.03.07, Toronto
Three good things that happened today: We verified that a technical solution costing us only $12 a month will allow us to cut out the vast majority of the sources of security hack attempts against our web services, today.
my gods, I finished a book2013.03.03, Toronto
Much to my amazement, I've finished reading a book only two months after knocking off two other volumes from my embarrasingly long backlog.
code of conduct2013.02.20, Toronto
Today I wrote my employer's "code of conduct" in a nine-hour stretch.
so much going on...2013.02.19, Toronto
I've been burning the candle at both ends again for quite a while.
ball chairs2013.02.15, Toronto
We used to have ball chairs in the apartment in Tokyo (in fact we had only two chairs, and one was a highchair for then-little Kenny.
on tesla cars2013.02.14, Toronto
My boss drives a Tesla Model S electric (luxury) car, and gave me a lift last week.
never trust a photocopier2013.02.12, Toronto
Here's an interesting video on why you should never trust the all-in-one photocopier/printer in your office.
birthdate all primes2013.02.10, Toronto
I've just noticed that my birthday is made of primes, taken at the two-digit level.
100 pennies, no problem2013.02.09, Toronto
Ken had an assignment this weekend that was timed to mark the demise of the Canadian penny: that was, to bring in 100 pennies for a charity.
business books by the pound2013.02.06, Toronto
Recently I've bought a couple of business books and found them to be much lighter & shorter fare than I'd expected.
larger photos on emuu.net2013.02.02, Toronto
In recognition that the 'net has moved to a 960px standard width for websites, I've adopted that as the new long-side size of the images on emuu.
some photos of Miyazaki2013.02.02, Toronto
I've finally got some photos scanned from our trip to Miyazaki at the end of 2012.
TTC trifecta2013.01.30, Toronto
Three wins for the TTC in their efforts to make me late for work today: As so frequently happens, there were no street cars in sight on Queen Street, which diverted me onto the bus up to the subway line, which led to another subway line and then back onto the street car downtown: an inefficient route plagued with connection delays and other problems.
la la land2013.01.29, Toronto
Ken spent the day "singing" his version of the lyrics to the song below.
snowfall in the city2013.01.28, Toronto
You'd think that Toronto would be ready in the event of snow, but this morning eveything was chaos.
Ken is five!2013.01.27, Toronto
We celebrated Ken's fifth birthday today, bringing together the Niagara contingent of the family who piled him high with books that he'll love.
seeing what we're eating2013.01.25, Toronto
Today I finally managed to replace the too-dim 25W bulbs on the ceiling fan we installed over our dining table.
stories of career set-backs2013.01.19, Toronto
At the conference today the keynote speaker was making a point about learning from failure.
another new web design2013.01.18, Toronto
I read a good e-book called "Bootstrapping Design" that made me realize a thing or two about the design of this website and how I might approve it.
frost in my beard2013.01.17, Toronto
It's now cold enough that cycling to work I get a frosty beard and moustache by the time I'm at the office.
take it from me, life's a grand ol' time2013.01.14, Toronto
One of my coworkers came stomping into the office today just as I'd returned to my desk with a wry smile on my face—it looks like we'll be undergoing a new round of struggles with our building management in getting our kitchen sink onclogged yet again.
weather report2013.01.10, Toronto
On Sunday conditions were perfect for snowmen, we made a bunch of big ones, rolling up the ever-so-slightly wet snow so easily that it left bare patches of green grass.
website content management systems2013.01.09, Toronto
So it's decided: out of ten content management systems that I've looked at, WordPress turned out to be the one that best met our needs.
jet lag with kids2013.01.08, Toronto
Ugh, ten hours of jet lag with two small children.
the snowmen2013.01.06, Toronto
Wow, just like that* we're back in Toronto.
farewell, "calamity year"2013.01.04, Nichinan, Kyushu
Yesterday we went to a sea-side shrine to observe the new year with prayer and the throwing of small clay balls.
I drank what2013.01.04, Nichinan, Kyushu
Today we ate at a local restaurant for lunch, a small treat from Mari's mum in honour of our departure.
we almost ate what2013.01.03, Nichinan, Kyushu
So it turns out that when we were in Takachiho last week, we might well have been served "Japanese giant hornet" (as food that is, not as a means of assassination).
climbed a hill2013.01.02, Nichinan, Kyushu
The family took a trip out to a place in the sticks that had outdoor tennis courts, to let the boys (aged 4-13) run off some energy.
new year's political message2013.01.01, Nichinan, Kyushu
There is a grass-roots movement building among Canada's first nations people that is purposefully excluding the aboriginal communities' own political leadership as a matter of strategy in order to focus on achieving results, and to take matters into their own hands.
sunrise over the new year2013.01.01, Nichinan, Kyushu
In the pre-dawn gloom this morning, we all piled into the cars to travel to the coast to observe the first sun rise of the new year.
15k on the year's final day2012.12.31, Nichinan, Miyazaki
I took my old bike out for a spin this morning, covering about fifteen kilometers from Mari's parents place to the sea then back inland, through a tunnel that cuts through a big rock in the middle of the valley, and then traipsing my way back.
the sea of clouds2012.12.29, Miyakonojo, Kyushu
This morning I was picked up by my father-in-law at 06:45 for a trip up a mountain-side to see an effect for which the Japanese use the word 'unkai', meaning a 'sea of clouds'.
simpsons is getting confusing2012.12.29, Miyakonojo, Kyushu
Increasingly, I find myself having to "pre-watch" new episodes of the Simpsons before watching them with Kenny.
teaching a photographer2012.12.27, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki
I love explaining photography stuff to people just getting into the game.
sakura-jima is erupting2012.12.26, Miyazaki, Kyushu
We returned to Miyakonojo today to the sight of Sakura-jima, Japan's most active volcano, erupting across the sky.
best-ever sushi2012.12.26, Hyuga, Kyushu
I'm getting like my mother, telling people about a fantastic meal I once had while travelling.
Takachiho gorge2012.12.25, Takachiho, Kyushu
Today we travelled with Mari's parents to Takachiho gorge in the north-west corner of Kyushu.
what's this - warm nigiri?2012.12.24, Miyakonojo, Kyushu
What's going on, Japan? I'm gone for two years and return to find that your convencience stores have started nuking the staple "o-nigiri" rice balls? Call me a relic, call me what you will, but I believe that rice balls are a dish best served cold.
climbing a hill to nowhere2012.12.23, Nichinan, Miyazaki
Every year-end that I've visited Mari's parents' place in Nichinan, I've climbed a steep paved road up the side of the western wall of the valley in which the property is situated.
so .. that was the apocalypse2012.12.21, Nichinan, Miyazaki
My flight went well, and then upon arrival in Japan things went somewhat less smoothly.
here comes the apocalypse!2012.12.19, Toronto
Doesn't it just figure that the Mayan apocalypse lands on a Friday! I'll be in the air when the Great Age of Men ends.
coding today2012.12.17, Toronto
It is amazing what you can do with the web development software libraries that are just sitting around today; in about two literal minutes, I added a "WYSIWYG" editor to the tools that I use to make this website.
comments, I get comments2012.12.16, Toronto
I'm getting more comments to my website these days; it's become a daily thing.
cycling in sleet2012.12.15, Toronto
One of the hidden benefits of having lived on a foreign coast of the Pacific for five years: I'd forgotten how much freezing rain stings when you're cycling in it.
NHL fans unite!2012.12.11, Toronto
Some NHL fans are taking matters into their own hands with a counter-strike of their own.
a final quiz2012.12.10, Toronto
I've taken a final 40-question practice quiz ahead of tomorrow's CIA exam #1.
killed by a prank2012.12.08, Toronto
When I was younger I was routinely enraged by the things in the news.
no quiet like the absence of children2012.12.07, Toronto
The apartment was so quiet overnight that I could hear, from my bed, the sound of the aquarium lights coming on in the living room.
the family is on a plane2012.12.06, Toronto
I put my family on a plane today, they'll be gone to Miyazaki for the next month.
alive again!2012.12.05, Toronto
I've just been through a really bad three-day patch of fever, nausea, sore everything, and exhaustion.
a meal between Thanksgiving and X'mas2012.12.02, Toronto
We'd failed to attend family functions both at Thanksgiving and Christmas, so today we split the difference and dropped in to see Scott & Sue, who hosted both of the missed events.
progress with my CIA exam2012.11.28, Toronto
I'm making some fair progress with my CIA exam studies, getting reasonably good marks even in my lowest-scoring sections.
Saturday is for studying2012.11.24, Toronto
Mari, Kenny, and Emma spent the morning at Kenny's Japanese school, where Mari can see her Japanese friends.
tweaked my bike2012.11.19, Toronto
I'm not riding my bike on a daily basis these days, having traded fun and liberty for reading on countless slow-lurching public transit vehicles.
CIA is harder than PMP2012.11.17, Toronto
I've taken two practice quizzes today for the first CIA exam, from the Gleim resources I bought.
new lenses2012.11.15, Toronto
I picked up some new lenses for my glasses today.
falling glass cripples city2012.11.14, Toronto
Tonight I stepped out of the office building to discover that downtown was once again in complete gridlock.
Fuji XE-1 envy2012.11.13, Toronto
I walked to the camera store where I normally develop my film, to drop off a roll.
four streetcars to get home2012.11.12, Toronto
Due to a combination of short-turns, I used a total of four streetcars to get home tonight.
remembrance day2012.11.12, Toronto
Ken's school had a remembrance day event today.
what, no linkedin profile2012.11.12, Toronto
This morning I wanted to look up a fellow who'd made a presentation at an event last week.
burned out vacuum cleaner2012.11.11, Toronto
Since Electrolux won't support our vacuum cleaner (we brought a Japanese-bought model to Canada), I've decided to take it apart and see what I could do.
500 months old2012.11.06, Toronto
I've been back in Canada for two years as of next week, minus the time I ducked back to Japan for a month to get my family (our official arrival date was eventually January 4 or so of 2011).
day of the dead2012.11.04, Toronto
Today we went down to the Harbourfront center (ignoring the unseasonable cold) and enjoyed an introduction to the Mexican "day of the dead".
swimming in water2012.11.03, Toronto
We've been taking the kids to "swimming lessons" recently.
lots of pedestrian injuries2012.11.02, Toronto
My renewed streetcar ridership is paying off in that I'm getting plenty of time to study.
on the TTC again2012.11.01, Toronto
I've relinquished the bicycle in favour of the TTC.
oh, Sandy2012.10.31, Toronto
Now it's just getting tiring.
I feel safe in .. well, the Beaches2012.10.29, Toronto
Say what you will about the Beaches, it's one of the safest areas in the city - according to this interactive map anyway.
mixed messages2012.10.28, Toronto
Kenny just told his mum, "まだhungryじゃない.
"you're wasting my time"2012.10.23, Toronto
Kenny and I were horsing around this morning, neither of us seeming to be terribly motivated to get to work/school.
"where is the dalek's body?"2012.10.22, Toronto
There is an episode of the Simpsons in which Bart announces, "Working for other people is for chumps.
audit dry run2012.10.18, Toronto
The audit dry run is done for the year.
anyone need a nanny?2012.10.18, Toronto
Mari was approached at Kenny's school by someone looking for a job for her nanny after her nanny's employment was to end next year.
kenny on the phone2012.10.17, Toronto
I called home this evening (hooray, another disruption of our home line service is over, after only five days) and Kenny answered.
dear diamond taxi of Toronto2012.10.16, Toronto
As I was cycling to work today I passed one of your taxis, which was stopped at the curb in the right lane on Queen Street east in the Leslieville area.
audit crunch time2012.10.11, Toronto
The auditors are due for their dry run on Monday.
slow, TTC kinda day2012.10.09, Toronto
Having returned the car before work, I took the subway to the office.
upgraded an aquarium2012.10.08, Toronto
I've upgraded our little 10 gallon aquarium to a 16 gallon affair that sits in the same footprint but is 60% again taller.
Woodend2012.10.07, St. Catharines
Today we went for a stroll in the small forest of Woodend conservation area, just outside St.
hey, remember the NHL2012.10.05, Toronto
Looks like the NHL is having some sort of strike or lockout or who gives a crap.
OK fine, maybe I'll dabble in an MBA2012.10.03, Toronto
I've decided that once I'm done with this CIA program I'll knock of the certifications do the MBA program with Heriot-Watt in the UK (distance learning).
$1600 in TTC fares not spent2012.09.29, Toronto
My records indicate that I've saved $1600 in TTC fares since late March of 2011 by cycling to work on many days.
my sister-in-law, the artist2012.09.27, Toronto
My sister-in-law has sold another piece to a visitor to the gallery where she's currently showing.
the new pleco2012.09.26, Toronto
The new pleco I got for the small aquarium has vanished.
incorporating in Canada2012.09.24, Toronto
I found some amusing guidance on who can serve as a director for federally-incorporated corporations in Canada.
autumn means long johns2012.09.24, Toronto
Hello Autumn, let's celebrate your return—and the return of 6º weather—with cycling to work in long johns.
111.6cm and growing2012.09.22, Toronto
The boy now towers over his classmates in his weekend Japanese school.
trade show2012.09.20, Toronto
Today, despite massive exhaustion, I manned a booth at an financial industry annual event.
day in a daze2012.09.19, Toronto
Being in the emergency ward until 02:30 with a small child that's just had a brush with death leaves you a mess the next day.
more camera porn2012.09.18, Toronto
My camera-buying days are over for the time being.
on the beach2012.09.16, Toronto
Today we went to the beach, and someone I wound up working on a sand-castle pretty much solo for about two hours.
a day of study2012.09.15, Toronto
I've now officially signed up for the CIA course, the die is cast, I'm paid up.
here comes Chika2012.09.12, Toronto
In one of those weird juxtapositions, our friend Chika from Japan may be joining us, along with her husband, for Thanksgiving dinner in Niagara.
camera porn2012.09.11, Toronto
Mmmmmm, new camera I can't possibly afford.
who me, MSc2012.09.10, Toronto
I've stumbled into an interesting option to the MBA route I've been investigating: with my upcoming CIA designation I can do an MSc.
a new start for a tiny pleco2012.09.08, Toronto
After the great die-off in my larger aquarium last weekend, I'm going to take a month before buying any new fish.
awoke from falling asleep2012.09.07, Toronto
Woke at two this morning with a headache and went to lie on the sofa with a stomach full of pills.
on governance2012.09.05, Toronto
In the past, in dealing with internal audit, I often wondered at the perceived value-add of the function.
going to Tokyo2012.09.05, Toronto
Tonight I met with a young fellow who's planning his first dose of overseas living; in Tokyo.
The Boy's teacher2012.09.04, Toronto
Mari and I took Kenny to his first "school" classroom in Canada.
photos from a wedding2012.08.30, Toronto
I've finally managed to get a few pics together from the wedding of Kate and Ben some time ago.
ridiculous rain2012.08.28, Toronto
It rained so hard last night it sounded like a bunch of people were dancing on the roof.
lost our son, briefly2012.08.26, Toronto
The boy now rides his bike so well that it seems he thinks he doesn't need our company while away from the home.
movies about a crisis2012.08.23, Toronto
I've now watched two particularly good movies on the financial crisis: "Margin Call" and "Inside Job".
everybody just calm down2012.08.22, Toronto
Today I had the pleasure of sharing the road with a driver who basically had to have the horn going wherever he went.
taller fish tank2012.08.21, Toronto
I'm looking at upgrading our little 40 liter aquarium to a 60 liter "tall" variety that would allow us to retain the lid and lamp and filter.
weird bike problem2012.08.20, Toronto
The problem with my bike seat post constantly sliding down isn't getting any better.
and this is why I shaved2012.08.18, Toronto
I shaved off my entire mustache and beard because I'd gone halfway and everyone around me told me to finish the job.
little Gail2012.08.17, Toronto
I should get some recent pics of Emma on the website; it's amazing how much she looks like my mum.
a beautiful night2012.08.16, Toronto
We had a picnic in the back yard of some friends tonight, the weather was spot-on perfect.
apostrophes in email addresses2012.08.15, Toronto
It turns out that you can put an apostrophe in an email address; I learned this today while corresponding with a client.
bicycle thieves2012.08.14, Toronto
Yesterday I went to the bike shop to have a small bolt repaired.
java certificate issuer database "security"2012.08.13, Toronto
It turns out that in addition to the other shortcomings of the Java environment, there's essentially no security at all on the way it controls certificate authorities.
emperor tetras play rough2012.08.12, Toronto
One of the new emperor tetras is now swimming around with a great chunk missing from her stomach.
and then it rained2012.08.09, Toronto
We've had something like 20% of the rain we expected in Ontario this summer; today morning we caught up with the average.
the garden hose2012.08.08, St. Catharines
I spent a good part of the day chasing my son around the yard with a garden hose - a substantial part of the day indeed.
african lion safari2012.08.07, St. Catharines
Today we had a fantastic time with the kids at an outdoor zoo that encourages you to drive through various game reserves.
laid up all day (again)2012.08.06, St. Catharines
I had a migraine that kept me in bed until after five in the afternoon; for once, my mother had a migraine on the same day.
on vacation2012.08.05, St. Catharines
We're on vacation; Kenny and I spent much of the afternoon chasing each other around Grandma's yard with a water hose.
hot day to be moving2012.08.04, Toronto
I just met our new downstairs neighbour; it's 33ºC and he's single-handedly moving his stuff into the apartment.
becoming a man again2012.08.03, Toronto
Kenny noticed that my beard is coming in again; he told me, "You're becoming a man again!" Um, yes.
vacuum cleaner fun2012.08.02, Toronto
The Electrolux vacuum cleaner we bought in Japan has stopped working; the local shop says repair is impossible.
delayed flights2012.08.01, Toronto
We've had such bad weather that everyone heading West has had badly delayed flights.
oh my aching back2012.07.31, Toronto
Between the new bike and new baby carriage, I'm dealing with a fair bit of back pain these days.
so I'm clean shaved2012.07.30, Toronto
For the first time since perhaps 2004, I've shaved my beard off.
farewell to the family2012.07.30, Toronto
After dinner, uncle Ken came for a visit to collect a forgotten pair of sunglasses.
LMT with friends and family2012.07.29, Toronto
Today we went to see LMT perform at the Beaches Jazz Festival; it's been over 20 years since we started coming out for this band.
a wedding in Toronto2012.07.27, Toronto
My cousin Kate got married today, on the tenth anniversary of their meeting in some high school related activity (in July?).
survived a weird cycling error2012.07.26, Toronto
I cycled to work today in the rain because I have to be home at 16:30 and cannot rely on transit to make that happen.
tracking the TTC2012.07.25, Toronto
For some reason, the TTC tracks the location of all of its streetcars, but left it to someone else to publish the information in real time.
beautiful picnic2012.07.24, Toronto
Another perfect summer day, another perfect picnic.
aborted jazz2012.07.21, Toronto
Today we attempted to take in some jazz at the Beaches Jazz Festival, but Kenny had other plans.
solving the BYOD riddle2012.07.19, Toronto
This article presents a policy that allows employees to bring their own mobile devices to work, while at the same time avoiding the security and support issues raised.
jon and manami and little kii2012.07.19, Toronto
My long-time friend Jon and his family are in town; naturally, I ran into them on the street on the way to work.
not so sweet hitch-hiker2012.07.17, Toronto
As I rounded the final corner on my ride in, today, a young fellow on a bike appeared next to me and said, "Thanks for the ride, bro.
what do they do2012.07.16, Toronto
On top of the building next to where I work, there is a large patio used by the condo-tenants to lounge around all day.
夏祭り in Toronto2012.07.14, Toronto
Today we attended a "夏祭り", or summertime festival, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center.
new fish2012.07.14, Toronto
Today I took Ken out on an expedition to Parliament and Carlton to a pet store for some new fish.
the dusty beaches2012.07.13, Toronto
I cycled through the humid city this afternoon to meet with friends on the beach for a picnic.
happiness is a new bike2012.07.12, Toronto
What a difference it makes to ride a new bike; good-bye stiffness in the neck, hello new sore spots in the legs.
cupcakes and quizzes2012.07.11, Toronto
I wanted to do some training today, so I used some quizzes and cupcakes.
two offers, today2012.07.10, Toronto
Today I was offered two opportunities: to write for an ISACA blog; and to teach in Tunisia.
finally bought a bike2012.07.09, Toronto
I bought a bike today for about half the price of bringing my "old" bike from Japan.
a long trip with Kenny - to the Indy!2012.07.08, Toronto
I took Kenny on a cycle trip today, to the tip of the Leslie Street spit - from which we could hear the Indy cars screaming in the distance.
the fish kill2012.07.07, Toronto
Just the other day, I was thinking to myself - wow, it may have been six months or more since the last fish death in our aquaria.
narcissist test2012.07.05, Toronto
I took a test today to see if I'm a narcissist; turns out I'm devoid of all ego, an empty ghost of a man.
hearing from an old friend2012.07.05, Toronto
Once upon a time, I wrote something on this site about my early childhood; today I heard from a friend who found his name there.
an old SRT-101 handed down (again)2012.07.04, Toronto
A Minolta SRT-101 camera that my mother bought for my father in the early 70's was handed down to me in the 90's and is now my son's.
rainy picnic2012.07.03, Toronto
We had a picnic with Chinese and Korean food in the back yard of some friends, tonight - hiding from darkening rainclouds we did okay.
the boy's bike is a hit2012.07.02, Toronto
This weekend I started teaching Kenny how to ride his first pedal-bike; by this evening he was riding unassisted.
"nothing is enough"2012.07.01, Toronto
I saw a woman on Queen street with a shirt that read "nothing is enough".
cranky comments on my website2012.06.29, Toronto
For some reason, I enjoy the odd cranky comment I get on my website - it lets me know that someone's reading.
buh-bye Captain Jack's2012.06.28, Toronto
I never knew anyone to eat at Captain Jack's floating restaurant in Toronto and come away with a happy tale.
working together again2012.06.27, Toronto
Today I had the odd experience of holding a business meeting with someone I worked with fifteen to seventeen years ago.
the green bike is ready2012.06.26, Toronto
I've finished repainting the bike for Kenny and have re-assembled the thing - it looks pretty damn good I believe.
never enough green paint when you need it2012.06.25, Toronto
I've nearly painted Kenny's bike, but have hit a snag - the spray can is empty! Not sure why I didn't foresee that one, I'd already used a fair bit of paint making a toy for him some years ago, and an old spray can of paint tends not to age well.
the half-green bike2012.06.24, Toronto
Kenny's new bike is coming along nicely: the first coat of final paint is now half done, and I've replaced the white tires with black ones.
kenny's bike is primed2012.06.23, Toronto
I finally finished stripping the paint off of the bike I'm rebuilding for Kenny, and have started painting the primer.
PMP reunion lite2012.06.21, Toronto
For an informal reunion of our sixty plus PMP exam prep class, all of four people turned out - not much has changed in Toronto I guess.
reworking a bike for Kenny2012.06.17, Toronto
So I bought Kenny a $5 used bike that was pink, and decided to repaint it - not knowing that this was a big job.
bike wearing out2012.06.15, Toronto
My faithful old bike is wearing out, after only 15 years.
photo of the day once more2012.06.14, Toronto
I've just discovered that my "photo of the day" widget hasn't been updating in five months.
my new Minolta lens2012.06.13, Toronto
Today I took the time to walk the alleys near my office with my faithful X-700 and my "new" 35mm lens - it's reinvigorating to create.
the paper cranes auxiliary force2012.06.12, Toronto
Today, recognizing that my wife and I have plenty of time on our hands, I volunteered our help in making paper cranes for a wedding.
so this is the economy2012.06.11, Toronto
Even if I didn't have a colicky newborn keeping the two of us up half the night the commotion in Europe would be keeping me up.
drums and sunshine2012.06.10, Toronto
We went to a drumming festival in Woodbine park today; 'twas brillig.
new lens2012.06.09, Toronto
Despite unhappy past experiences, I bought a used 35mm lens for my old Minolta gear on ebay - it's arrived and it's a winner.
I wanna look like mungo jerry2012.06.08, Toronto
And here I didn't think that "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry couldn't get any better - and then I saw the video.
more passwords in jeopardy2012.06.08, Toronto
On Wednesday, someone announced that they'd stolen millions of passwords from LinkedIn; today I had warnings from two more websites.
letting go2012.06.07, Toronto
Here's the blurb I found on whether investing time in something makes sense.
no, 28 is 282012.06.05, Toronto
We didn't get the apartment we wanted, so my commute will stay what it is.
28 becomes 162012.06.04, Toronto
It took me 28 minutes to cycle to work today, the first time I've timed it in over a year.
pulled pork - it must be Summertime2012.06.03, Toronto
Well it was only about 20ºC, certainly not summer; but we had summertime food - pulled pork, hot dogs, and beef-on-a-bun.
fun fair2012.06.02, Toronto
We went to a fun fair at the school we're trying to get Kenny into; among the fundraising activities was a pro portrait photo session.
kamil is in town2012.06.01, Toronto
Dr Zaniewski, a friend from half a lifetime ago, made it to our place despite my instructions.
no rain last night2012.05.31, Toronto
We had a forecast for rain last night, but it simply didn't materialize - again.
everyone's busy, all the time2012.05.28, Toronto
People are so busy these days that making plans is becoming a matter of "What about the third weekend in June?" Young and single, middle aged with kids, it doesn't seem to matter.
my good name2012.05.27, Toronto
Wow, someone's asked me to be a reference in applying for a new venture affecting their livelihood.
professional development2012.05.26, Toronto
Today I went to a "PMP" related "professional development day" - at $280 I think it might just have been worth the money.
I get a steady trickle of comments on this site; but for every real comment there are two anonymous 'bot spam dumps.
the Beaches was crazy today2012.05.21, Toronto
We tried—and failed—to get together with some friends in Toronto's car-choked Beaches area today.
to the zoo!2012.05.20, Toronto
We did our yearly trek to the zoo today as part of our "all about Kenny" weekend - our way of making up for all of the baby focus of late.
Japanese sports day2012.05.19, Toronto
Sports day is a big event in the Japanese school year, and today we attended such an event in the Beaches.
so this is Mississauga2012.05.18, Mississauga
Today, for the first time in years, I had reason to visit Mississauga - Toronto's strictly-for-drivers "other half".
"COB" day2012.05.17, Toronto
Today our firm had what turned into a rather fun test day; everyone stayed home and attempted to work from there.
the fluoride in Toronto's water2012.05.16, Toronto
I doubt this will surprise the people who know me, but I'm starting to side with the tinfoil hat wingnuts on the fluoridation of water.
Fiat 5002012.05.15, Toronto
The car rental agency I deal with insists that there's nothing for me this Friday except a Fiat 500 - dang! I've never sat in one but I'm pretty sure I won't come close to getting my 6'5" frame into the thing.
toronto housing prices2012.05.14, Toronto
I looked up some figures and have come to an unsurprising conclusion: Toronto's housing prices are unaffordable.
five old cameras2012.05.13, St. Catharines
We've been helping the family move my step-grandmother out of her condo and into a seniors residence; I've inherited some cameras.
we've fled the city again2012.05.11, St. Catharines
Hello, Niagara, always a pleasure - especially with Spring in full bloom and the weather beyond coat warm; ahhh.
found some old photos2012.05.10, Toronto
From time to time I find a batch of photos that somehow didn't make it to my website; today was one of those days.
soaked on my bike again2012.05.09, Toronto
Yesterday, they forecast 20mm of rain and we had none; today "isolated showers" meant five hours of heavy rain.
way to go, TTC2012.05.05, Toronto
Today at the last minute I learned that my streetcar will be unavailable until October starting tomorrow.
another sign of aging2012.05.04, Toronto
Today I had another sign that I'm getting old—our doctor doesn't remember the cold war.
pmp = headhunters2012.04.25, Toronto
For the first time since I've been back in Canada, a headhunter called me.
paying for PC support2012.04.24, Toronto
It's come to this - I'm paying for someone to look into a wonky laptop.
what do you mean tax return2012.04.23, Toronto
I've been so busy with the PMP exam that I've neglected the impending April 30 due date on my tax return.
if there must be trouble2012.04.22, Toronto
Thomas Paine said, "If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
next up: hangliding2012.04.20, Toronto
Now that that exam is out of the way, it's time to follow on a vow I made a decade ago: to try hangliding.
hello, twitter & facebook2012.04.19, Toronto
Quite some time ago, my twitterfeed account ceased functioning (and then ceased to be).
michael werneburg, pmp2012.04.19, Toronto
Well, it took four long hours, but I've written my PMP exam and passed.
PMP exam, here I come2012.04.18, Toronto
I'm up to a 90% on the practice exams, and I've read as much as I physically could tolerate; I'm as ready as I'm going to be.
an embarrassing discovery2012.04.17, Toronto
For quite some time we've been living with a great smear of bird crap on the outside of Kenny's bedroom.
onward and upward2012.04.16, Toronto
I'm up to an average of 86% on my practice quizzes for the PMP exam; with the pass/fail at 61% I'm feeling cautiously optimistic.
socializing again2012.04.14, Toronto
It's been a while since we had a get-together with friends, but today we hosted a couple and their two boys.
PMP preparation2012.04.13, Toronto
I managed a 74% on my first go-through of a 409-question sample test in preparation for my PMP exam on Thursday.
another ex-expat2012.04.12, Toronto
Today by happy chance I met a fellow Canadian who's returned from Japan with a Japanese wife.
ghost uses the phone2012.04.11, Toronto
I was woken in the wee hours by the sound of the phone being off the hook.
mmmm, maple syrup2012.04.06, Woodbridge, Ontario
It's the very end of a particularly early maple syrup season in southern Ontario this weekend, so Grandma took us to see some being made.
not a real dinosaur2012.04.10, Toronto
The Easter Bunny brought Kenny a dinosaur egg toy that hatches when the egg is submersed in water.
no wind like a side wind2012.04.09, Toronto
Had a grueling trek to the office this morning, it took fully ten minutes longer—all due to some wind.
willing to share .. to an extent2012.04.08, Toronto
When we got home from Niagara today, we learned from the seven-year-old downstairs that she hadn't been on an Easter egg hunt.
adding browser type to CSS2012.04.05, Toronto
I'm working on a demo system that needs an interface overhaul, and I've found a very helpful trick.
this old bike2012.04.04, Toronto
Despite having poured $400 into maintaining my old bike and outfitting myself with new panniers etc, I've now saved $500 by cycling.
sir spam-a-lot2012.04.02, Toronto
I have a friend who calls me "Sir Spam-a-lot" because of the odd outburst of "spam" on Facebook I cause.
one month on the ttc2012.04.01, Toronto
In order to study adequately for my PMP exam, I gave up my bike during (most of) March and "rode the rocket".
paycheque and a reference2012.03.29, Toronto
During a break at one of my final PMP classes, five of us were having a chat about the cycle of moving from job to job.
25ºC to -2ºC2012.03.27, Toronto
The weather's abruptly changed, with the daily highs falling from 25ºC to the neighbourhood of 8ºC.
an old short story, revisited2012.03.18, Toronto
While debugging an issue on my website this morning, I discovered that the one short story I'd posted to the site was missing.
st. patricks day of the dead2012.03.17, Toronto
Tonight as I made my way home through a curiously persistent mist, my route was dogged by small groups of stumbling, mumbling zombies.
no class, kajiji folk2012.03.13, Toronto
I dislike buying things through classified ads, and that did not change this week.
the fetus report2012.03.12, Toronto
Mari's been to another check-up, and all looks well with the pregnancy.
words to live by2012.03.02, Toronto
Two quotes caught my attention today: Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.
PR applications and babies2012.02.27, Toronto
Recently, an immigrant mother with a Canadian citizen husband gave birth in a hotel because she had no medical insurance.
oh PMP, you odd duck2012.02.25, Toronto
Today at my "project management professional" certification exam prep class, the instructor told us something that amazed me.
kenny, "inner-city" student2012.02.24, Toronto
This morning we dodged the simultaneous snow-and-rain to take The Boy to see the school we hope to get him into this Autumn.
so this is sleet2012.02.24, Toronto
I'd always taken 'sleet' to mean 'freezing rain' but it turns out there's a different kind, and that's what we have today.
toronto model rail society2012.02.19, Toronto
We went to see a large permanent model train layout today in the "Liberty Village" area.
the traffic's back2012.02.18, Toronto
Silly me, the traffic to my website hadn't budged—I'd just stopped recording most of the traffic, somehow.
moving is tough2012.02.15, Toronto
It seems that the rental market in Toronto's gotten a lot tougher of late.
parenting, Beaches style2012.02.12, Toronto
Once in a while I worry that I don't always do or say the best thing while in parent mode; sometimes I'm reassured.
a birthday party2012.02.04, Toronto
We attended a birthday party for Kenny's friend Nikolai.
oh great, it's yakudoshi2012.01.27, Toronto
I'm now carrying a Japanese good luck symbol around, because I'm soon to turn 41, and in Japan that's very bad news.
autumn in Ontario2012.01.26, Toronto
Shooting film, it's not unusual for me to be editing photos from the season prior.
catching a streetcar2012.01.25, Toronto
I've been meaning to record a strange event from about two weeks ago: I caught a streetcar by catching up to it on foot.
We went to the home of some friends to celebrate the Chinese new year this afternoon.
what is our currency2012.01.21, Toronto
Today I came across an interesting explanation of what our currency holdings really are.
Mari's health card is here!2012.01.16, Toronto
After a year and two weeks in the country, Mari's health insurance card arrived today, and will be active on the 20th.
back to the museum2012.01.15, Toronto
It was a sunny gorgeous day, today; naturally, I took Kenny to the museum.
socializing again .. where will this end!2012.01.14, Toronto
My cousin Kate the actress and her fiancé invited us to a party to celebrate four things: 1) his birthday 2) her birthday 3) the new year 4) their engagement Amazing, Mari found a card suited the occasion.
...and even sicker2012.01.12, Toronto
I went back to work yesterday thinking that all was better -- nope! Today was even worse: a higher fever joined by a strong lassitude.
skating with my family2012.01.08, Toronto
Mari's pregnant and can't go out on the ice, and I never learned to skate*, but today we took Kenny skating.
back online2012.01.03, Toronto
We've been without home Internet service since the morning of December 23.
new year starts off right2012.01.02, Toronto
Last night we went to a great Indian restqurant in the Beaches called Delhi Cafe.
welcome 20122012.01.01, Toronto
I'm looking forward to 2012, and hopefully a break from the themes of tedium and toil that marked 2011.
must be back in Toronto2011.12.28, Toronto
I can tell I'm back in the city of Toronto: I made a comment to a woman on an elevator and she completely ignored me.
Santa has been!2011.12.25, St. Catharines
Kenny's not an early riser, and even the prospect of seeing Santa (or at least new presents) wasn't enough to get him up before nine! But after that, it was an orgy of gift opening.
X'mas eve in Niagara2011.12.24, St. Catharines
We've spent the day in St Catharines at "Grandma's", where a lucky little boy opened some presents.
teetering on the edge of a migraine2011.12.21, Toronto
I woke up early with a migraine this morning and couldn't shake it - it was getting progressively worse when I tried a desperate cure.
the audit is in the bag2011.12.21, Toronto
Our auditors just provided their favourable Section 5970 report on our hosted software solution.
flooded facebook again2011.12.21, Toronto
I've hooked up my RSS feed to Facebook again, and managed to once again spam everyone there who knows me.
it's a girl2011.12.20, Toronto
Mari's been to the ultrasound; the technician says it's 70% likely that our next child will be a girl.
hit by a car, today2011.12.20, Toronto
If I'm ever going to be again struck by a minivan while cycling, then let it be today's type of low-speed impact.
last minute shopping for X'mas2011.12.19, Toronto
What do you get for the loving wonderful wife who has everything, when you're X'mas shopping at the last minute? Something from the Internet.
piece of shit, indeed2011.12.15, Toronto
A pirate who sits in our parliament stirred some feathers when he mistook a dessicated Conservative fossil for faeces.
rss can be dang finicky2011.12.13, Toronto
It looks like my website's updates aren't getting to Facebook or Twitter again.
finished my class, got an 86%2011.12.10, Toronto
Since I graduated from University for the last time, back in 1994, I haven't been back until this year.
the boy loves snow2011.12.09, Toronto
Kenny was literally out the door earlier than I was this morning.
goodbye, uncle Ken2011.12.07, Toronto
Uncle Ken was in North York today, working with clients - a visit to the Beaches was the last thing on his mind.
rare family gathering2011.12.04, St. Catharines
Today, as my mum pointed out, all of her surviving immediate family was seated at a table together.
perfecting LCD Soundsystem2011.12.03, St. Catharines
It seems that simply knowing a single line from the song wasn't enough for the boy; he's now learned three or four lines.
the phantom lunch2011.12.02, Toronto
An old friend missed a lunch today because his employer's email system badly delayed his inbound mail.
entered a photo contest2011.11.27, Toronto
It wasn't good enough for "1x dot com", but I've submitted a favourite pic to the "Exposure" photo contest by "Artists Wanted".
facebook gets japanese2011.11.26, Toronto
When I lived in Japan, none of my Japanese friends and coworkers were using Facebook.
Acer, back from the dead2011.11.25, Toronto
My beloved 2005 Acer laptop died this evening - the optical drive was making funny noises; when I popped it out and in, the system died.
too dark, too soon2011.11.24, Toronto
I'd forgotten what it's like, living in this city in the Winter - it gets dark so soon! The other day I had lunch with one of Toronto's millions of foreigners.
Acer Iconia 68862011.11.22, Toronto
In my Marketing class, we've been asked to evaluate a product from humble PC manufacturer Acer.
growing up to be Daddy2011.11.21, Toronto
So it turns out that I, too, as a three year old, told my mother that I wanted to grow up to be like Daddy.
santa clause parade2011.11.20, Toronto
Today a stranger threw something at me on the street; I picked up the small piece of plastic and put it in my mouth.
new pannier2011.11.19, Toronto
I've finally replaced the panniers I bought in 2005; rather than get two of the slim ones as I've been using, I bought a single fat one.
cycling in the snow2011.11.18, Toronto
It's gotten cold early this year, or anyway colder by far than it was last year at this time.
week of TTC cancelled2011.11.16, Toronto
I couldn't make it work - a week of transit was just too much for me.
week of TTC (day two)2011.11.15, Toronto
Today's driver actually said, "This is my streetcar!" A fellow had entered the streetcar by the back door - a move that's acceptable by policy that is posted at every entrance to every street car on the Queen Street line.
week of TTC (day one)2011.11.14, Toronto
My backlog of reading is so severe that I'm taking transit this week instead of riding my bike; today the driver was a "ringer".
ammonia spike2011.11.13, Toronto
It seems that the last time I went about uprooting all the gravel in the tank I may have upset the aquarium's nitrogen cycle.
Kenny and me on TV2011.11.13, Toronto
I've found the twenty-second clip of Kenny and me that appeared on the news on Saturday night.
remembrance day2011.11.11, Toronto
I managed to remember a moment of silence, today, but that was as far as any observance went; I wish this was a national holiday.
perspective and the electricity bill2011.11.10, Toronto
I was fretting that our electricity bill is rarely south of $50 for a month; then Mari reminded me that in Tokyo we paid $100 a month! Happily, it turns out that we can write off a portion of that bill, as we're using about 20% of our apartment for office space.
spread too thin2011.11.09, Toronto
There's a chance that I've spread myself too thinly this Autumn; I'm passing out before Kenny does in the evening, then waking at 5.
okay, Reichmann, okay2011.11.07, Toronto
Yeah yeah yeah, I'm not listening a blah blah blah, can't afford a camera now, not going to look (again).
another book of photos2011.11.05, Toronto
At each Christmas since Kenny was born, I've been making photo books to commemorate his year.
The boss fella spotted me on the way to work today; apparently I zipped by his car on my bike.
"thanks for the lift"2011.11.03, Toronto
The elevators were on the blink today at the office, and the security guard was manually making them work with a key.
five year anniversary2011.11.01, Toronto
It's been five years with my darling Mari-chan: today was the anniversary of the paperwork at the Minato city hall.
one year, already!2011.10.31, Toronto
Tomorrow will be the anniversary of my return to Toronto from Canada; at the time I had no job or home, and was alone.
you can call me vegeburger2011.10.30, Toronto
I got another funny wrong name today; my computer's spell check thinks my name should be "Vegeburger".
Anonymous and Shakespeare2011.10.28, Toronto
I met my friends Geoff and Mariko-san and two of their friends in seeing the movie "Anonymous" tonight.
bombed an exam2011.10.27, Toronto
I never, ever know what to expect from exams when I've completed them, but being the first student to leave the room can't be good.
my first $1 US coin2011.10.26, Toronto
Today I noticed a funny looking loony in my carry-around change; turns out it was a $1 coin from the US.
I saw a fox on my street, today2011.10.25, Toronto
I had a special treat today; I saw a fox on our street, a beautiful thing with luscious fur and a calm bearing.
my year of bad luck2011.10.24, Toronto
So it turns out that I'm in the middle of a two year run of "bad luck", according to Japanese lore.
kenny's first jack-o-lantern2011.10.23, Toronto
When we lived in Tokyo, we never made a Jack O' Lantern for Kenny; who would, when pumpkins cost $50! But we've made one this year (woohoo, $3 Niagara pumpkins!), a smiling fellow with a single buck tooth and happy eyes.
small town in a big city2011.10.21, Toronto
Toronto has always had a certain anonymity to it, once you're away from certain niche populations.
mari is a permanent resident2011.10.20, Toronto
Today we went to the border crossing at Niagara Falls and "flagpoled"; Mari is now a permanent resident of Canada.
mari's passport is (almost) in hand2011.10.19, Toronto
It turns out that we've been waiting for a passport that's been with the local post office for a week! We sent our passport back to the visa office in Tokyo on September 26.
a big project, winding down2011.10.17, Toronto
I spent the entire day today working on a single document for the audit; pushing paperwork is basically my entire job now.
one face, many ethnicities2011.10.15, Toronto
The fellow who sold me my aquarium today guessed that I was of "East European" origin; specifically, he thought maybe Serbian or Czech.
iPads with keyboards2011.10.12, Toronto
In the course I'm taking, I've been watching for signs of iPad use among the ~20 year old students that make up the majority.
the TTC strikes again2011.10.11, Toronto
It was raining pretty heavily tonight after work, and rain seems to cause delays with the streetcar.
a bully no more2011.10.11, Toronto
I've taken steps to remove a bully that's been plaguing our lives recently.
a heated holiday2011.10.10, St. Catharines
We set off for Short Hills provincial park just after lunch today, but never made it.
and now for a feast2011.10.09, Oakville
I can't recall having had too many feasts prepared by a lawyer-in-waiting, but that's what happened today.
"what a great day"2011.10.08, St. Catharines
"Canada is a great country," my wife said, as we hiked through the changing autumn colours.
indian summer2011.10.07, St. Catharines
It's well over 20ºC, where a week before it was 8ºC—this year's weather has been crazier than ever.
we're having a second child2011.10.05, Toronto
Mari went to an ultrasound clinic today, and it seems that she's carrying a healthy and stable fetus.
a visitor from Japan2011.10.02, Toronto
We're hosting our first visitor from Japan: "aunt" Yaguchi Miwako.
a north wind2011.10.02, Toronto
Our friend Yaguchi-san is visiting; sadly, her visit coincides with an extremely rare north wind and it's currently 10C.
acer versus hewlett packard2011.09.29, Toronto
In my marketing course we've been assigned a project to evaluate whether Acer should make a play for HP's PC unit.
the eternal audit2011.09.28, Toronto
Another long day with the auditor, this time eleven hours of systems security, hiring processes, and managing key systems.
Kenny's website under lock and key2011.09.27, Toronto
Kenny's website is now private, reflecting our realization that the boy will want some privacy as his independence grows.
learning to skate2011.09.27, Toronto
Kenny's going for his introduction to ice skating tomorrow, and needs some equipment.
an ode to autumn2011.09.24, Toronto
Day after day, the sky turns grey, and the leaves are crisp again.
the TTC is driving me crazy2011.09.23, Toronto
Today the streetcar arrived after I'd been waiting for twenty-five minutes - the third such delay in a week.
Kenny's lego years have begun2011.09.21, Toronto
Last night I gave Kenny some Lego (not toddler's Duplo) to play with, and he hasn't stopped making planes and buses since.
32 kilometer doh!2011.09.20, Toronto
I took Kenny to Fairview Mall to see the Lego store, but the store wasn't yet open—a 32 kilometer "D'oh!" Thanks a lot, Lego website, for listing the store as open among your paltry three stores in Canada.
chilly cycling2011.09.16, Toronto
Summer's gone, that's for sure: already I'm cycling to work in my Autumn sweatpants, long since hopeless stained with chain oil.
my descent into evil2011.09.15, Toronto
When I started my career, I often butted heads with Marketing types; now I'm training to become one.
$15 electrical engineer2011.09.15, Toronto
Today on the way to class I spotted a sign posted by an out of work electrical engineer who would accept any work for $15 an hour.
the boy and the train voyage2011.09.12, Toronto
I'm particularly pleased with one of the images from our recent trip to the Agawa canyon train tour.
car crush photos2011.09.08, Toronto
Here are some pics of the car under the toppled half of the willow tree that came down during the storm last week.
blowing east and blowing west2011.09.07, Toronto
I saw something last night I'd never seen before: a bank of low clouds blowing briskly west under a high deck that was hurtling east.
old entrance to the ROM2011.09.06, Toronto
I have no idea why they decommissioned the old entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum - so much classier than the new one.
pics from a play2011.09.04, Toronto
A few weeks ago I attended a play in Hamilton with my (extended) family.
visit to a childhood home2011.09.03, Beamsville, Ontario
Today, on the way to the city of my birth, I visited the farm where I lived as a child.
took a spill on my bike2011.09.02, Toronto
It's funny; I was involved in several collisions in Tokyo, but all of my bicycle mishaps in Canada have been solo.
cn tower, here I come again2011.09.01, Toronto
Fifteen years ago, I climbed the CN Tower; not having learned my lesson, I'm climbing those stairs again.
more fun news from fukushima2011.08.24, Toronto
Oh no, the Fukushima incident is making me jaded and cynical! But then again, why not? Thanks to R1ck for the link.
fukushima is still not right2011.08.22, Toronto
A friend in Tokyo passed on some interesting sites that are collecting news on the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster.
car crushed by a tree2011.08.21, Toronto
As we returned Geoff's tent and other loaners and did some shopping, the clear skies and strong sun gave way to dark clouds.
glimpses of Agawa2011.08.17, Sault Ste Marie, Ontari
Today we took a train tour north of the Sault to the famous Agawa canyon, a scene of terrific beauty and dramatic vistas etc.
visiting with an old friend2011.08.16, Sault Ste Marie, Ontari
I don't have many friends in Canada any more, and yet this year I've visited the homes of two friends I met nearly twenty years ago.
into the North 2011.08.15, Killarney
What a day! We left the cottage at 10:30 and headed up the highway through Parry Sound and into the vast northern portion of the province.
the failed colony among the Wendat2011.08.14, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
We visited "Ste Marie among the Huron" today, a remake of the failed French colony that was built 1200 kilometers from Quebec City near the south shore of Lake Huron.
2011 vacation part two begins2011.08.13, Victoria Harbour, Ontar
Tonight we're staying at my late grandfather's cottage in Victoria Harbour, Ontario and we'll be sleeping in a tent.
technology museum2011.08.11, Ottawa
I've been told that there are some 46 museums in Ottawa, and I'm inclined to believe it.
the ottawa contingent2011.08.10, Ottawa
Today we took the train to Ottawa to visit with my Aunt Maureen and Uncle Ulli.
so this is Montreal...2011.08.06, Montreal
We've only been in Montreal for a few hours but it's already struck us as pretty cool; but then attending a lively wedding reception helps.
the jetlagged family2011.08.04, Toronto
It's kind of fun being the only one in the house not severely jet-lagged; it's like being the designated driver for some drunks.
Did I ever have a strange trip in to work this morning.
meanwhile, in fukushima2011.08.02, Toronto
Another new record-high radioactivity reading at the stricken Fukushima power plant today, according to NHK.
"new" lens2011.07.30, Toronto
An old incident has been resolved at last.
a new abscess2011.07.29, Toronto
I've now got a new skin abscess on the go.
questions, I get questions2011.07.25, Toronto
One interesting outcome of my attempt at launching a business in Japan is that I'm still getting queries on how it's all done.
sundays are for migraines2011.07.24, Toronto
Staggered off the couch at around one with a left side headache that felt just like a day-long weather headache.
who is that boy2011.07.19, Toronto
As I was heading out the door this morning my wife called for the first time since they've been gone.
I am not a cop2011.07.15, Toronto
Today two fellows sharing a joint hid the thing from me as I approached on my bike -- taken for a policeman again! It happens every now and then.
guys night2011.07.14, Toronto
I had dinner and drinks with my old boss from EDS, who's now at a firm that makes software that my employer sells.
all work and no play2011.07.13, Toronto
With the family away, I have to fight the urge to just stay at the office all evening.
living easy2011.07.10, Toronto
We attempted to do as little as possible today.
flower girls on tall stalks2011.07.08, Toronto
Tonight by happy chance I came across a trio of performance artists swaying on tall stalks in long flower-shaped dresses.
fish rescue (not too late)2011.07.05, Toronto
Both of the tiny skinny fishes are responding well to having been plucked from starvation.
butterflies2011.07.03, Niagara Falls
This morning we set out to do two things: visit a butterfly conservatory and buy my mother some furniture.
water balloons2011.07.02, St. Catharines
The highlight of the day was the piña col^H^H^H^H playing with a water hose in the back yard.
the long journey2011.07.01, St. Catharines
Today we celebrated the anniversary of our nation's creation by sitting in traffic for three and a half hours.
aquarium wars continue2011.06.30, Toronto
I had a scare, recently, with the condition of the Pleco in our fish tank.
comments on my photobook2011.06.28, Toronto
It turns out that when you ask friends to have a look at something you've made they sometimes respond nicely.
dawn of the raccoon2011.06.26, Toronto
This morning I ran into Kenny's room, seized him up and took him to the window to show him a mama raccoon and two kits.
photos from a celebration2011.06.26, Toronto
Today's set of photos comes from a celebration that took place a mere three weeks ago.
listen to your bicycle2011.06.22, Toronto
As previously noted, I'm riding a fifteen year old, third-hand bicycle.
MEC to the rescue2011.06.22, Toronto
Last Thursday, my bike lock smashed into many pieces quite unexpectedly.
headhunters in Japan2011.06.20, Toronto
For several years, it was possible for foreigners with sub-standard Japanese to make a living in Tokyo working in the financial field.
the antics of google2011.06.15, Toronto
A couple of days ago, Google abruptly cut off the service by which I've been hosting my emuu.
counting the dead in Japan2011.06.15, Toronto
One of the things that's really struck me about the situation in Japan is the low death count.
free bicycle2011.06.14, Toronto
It's "free bicycle" day in Toronto.
google screw me again2011.06.14, Toronto
I had a message from Google this morning telling me that they wanted to transition the account I pay for, to some new infrastructure.
chopsticks pick-pocket2011.06.12, Toronto
Today we joined our downstairs neighbours in going to a Korean restaurant in the Christie Korea-town.
community bulletin board2011.06.09, Toronto
In response to a couple of recent incidents, I'm putting together a forum for people in "The Beaches"; a place for communication, basically.
fixing the brakes2011.06.09, Toronto
I've had some sloppy responses from the front brake on my bike of late.
record heat in toronto2011.06.08, Toronto
A record day for temperature in Toronto and much of southern Ontario today.
who wears short shorts2011.06.07, Toronto
The first thing I saw as I cycled away from home today was a teenage girl walking up our street.
the return of doctor who2011.06.06, Toronto
Tonight I thought to check whether the next season of Doctor Who had started at long, long, last.
photos of collingwood2011.06.04, Toronto
I've added some images from our recent visit to the Collingwood area together.
lousy elevator ride2011.06.03, Toronto
The elevators in our building are notorious for their poor behaviour; today I had my first real taste of their dysfunction.
I am getting old2011.06.01, Toronto
Today I took advantage of the suddenly warm weather to do some reading on the balcony outside our 8th floor office.
mutilated child corpse in syria2011.05.31, Toronto
Today some thugs in the employment of the Syrian government dumped the mutilated body of a thirteen year old at the home of his parents.
20km in the rain2011.05.25, Toronto
I was at Yonge and Sheppard and had to get home at Queen and Woodbine.
water falls of Grey County2011.05.22, Collingwood
Today we all packed into our rented Civic and toured the sights of the Collingwood area.
a reunion in Ontario2011.05.21, Collingwood
We drove to Collingwood today to meet Dad and Renate today.
allergy season2011.05.20, Toronto
One of the good things about the constant rain and fog is that it's been keeping the tree pollen in check.
living without plastic2011.05.19, Toronto
A free weekly newspaper in Toronto known for its anxious tone ran one of those stories about the perils of plastic this week.
razor granny and digital photography2011.05.13, Toronto
Today as I cycled up the hill on our street to start my forty-minute cycle commute, the first person I met was a granny on a "razor".
hanami in Toronto2011.05.12, Toronto
Today I left work early and met my wife, son, and mother at High Park in the west end for hanami under cherry trees donated by Japan.
buying a Mac laptop?2011.05.07, Toronto
We're looking for a replacement for Mari's defunct Dell laptop.
old friend, broken2011.05.06, Toronto
When I was nineteen, my father gave me a Minolta SRT-101 with two lenses and a malfunctioning electrical system.
photo-book contest2011.05.05, Toronto
Today is "boy's day" in Japan, and Mari stayed up til 01:30 last night making cookies shaped like 'koinobori", the fish flags that fly today.
a new dawn in Canada2011.05.02, Toronto
Looks like we've elected a new style of government in Canada.
a rainy day in Toronto2011.05.01, Toronto
It was a rainy day today, but with a forecast that was accurate for once, we were prepared.
slippage in our PR application2011.04.28, Toronto
I've been watching a certain webpage on the CIC website that shows where my application for Mari's PR approval might sit.
leaving facebook2011.04.27, Toronto
Facebook went nuts today, taking a bunch of old things from my website and spamming all of my connections with that.
lost my camera2011.04.24, Toronto
This weekend I rented a car from a sketchy agency that had to its credit only its proximity to my home.
crack this password!2011.04.19, Toronto
It turns out that the "strong" password I've been using for my email accounts was weaker than the one I use for "everyday" websites.
cold hands, warm heart2011.04.18, Toronto
Somehow, the day has gotten much colder as it's gone on, and I'm now facing a chilly ride home indeed.
return of the cold weather2011.04.15, Toronto
Just when it was "Spring" and the cycle lane was clogged with traffic, the cool weather has returned.
aquarium established2011.04.11, Toronto
We had a brief visit with the Seabrights out in "Poshawa" and came home with an aquarium.
new aquarium coming soon2011.04.09, Toronto
This weekend I'll be drifting around the Golden Horseshoe in an, ulp, minivan.
four hours with the auditors2011.04.08, Toronto
We've got an audit coming up, and today was the last of several warm-up meetings that are laying the groundwork.
three million page views2011.04.02, Toronto
I've just noticed that this website's gone past the three million page views mark.
"freelove rider"2011.03.29, Toronto
My mother wrote to share some strange news about our family tree this morning.
another new site design2011.03.27, Toronto
The amazon experiment went as expected; I racked up one referral sale in the months since I added their ads to my site.
earth hour was fun2011.03.26, Toronto
We observed Earth Hour today, killing all of the lights and computers.
spring is for songbirds2011.03.22, Toronto
One of the beauties of Toronto's late-starting Spring is the return of the song-birds.
long photo triptych2011.03.18, Toronto
I've made a photo journal of sorts for my morning commute down Queen Street to the city center.
the plume from Dai-ichi2011.03.18, Toronto
Here's a map of the radioactive plume coming from the Dai-ichi plant in Japan.
saw my first raccoon on the street2011.03.16, Toronto
It seems so trivial with the things going on in our household and in the world, but I saw my first raccoon since being back.
stay away from fukushima2011.03.12, Toronto
This evening (Toronto time) I've had another update from the Canadian embassy in Japan, as follows: "On March 12th, the Prime Minister of Japan declared a nuclear emergency following a problem with the cooling system power supply at nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plants.
bad earthquake in Japan2011.03.11, Toronto
This morning I received a warning of a terrible earthquake in Japan, as follows: Dear Canadian citizen, As you may have heard on the news already, a powerful 8.
kid's programs2011.03.09, Toronto
Toronto has a comprehensive program for kid's activities, many of which are free for the parents.
new camera leather!2011.03.08, Toronto
For my birthday, I gave myself a small gift of two new camera leather kits.
whatta day2011.02.28, Toronto
The Boy's got a skin infection similar to the ones I had this autumn.
migraine and "race"2011.02.26, Toronto
It looks like race* is a determining factor when it comes to migraine (in addition to gender).
a raccoon in the apartment2011.02.24, Toronto
Tonight when I got home I noticed the small cat-door that was built into the wall next to the door.
this place is cursed!2011.02.23, Toronto
On the way to the photo lab today, I noticed a woman coming toward me stoop to pick up something.
the long way to work2011.02.23, Toronto
The Queen streetcar was diverted north a few blocks to Gerard St.
elevator chat2011.02.18, Toronto
One thing about being back in a land where you have basic fluency.
snow on the streetcar2011.02.15, Toronto
Today a man got on the streetcar with a girl about eighteen months old.
Canada Customs is a mess2011.02.09, Toronto
Here's a letter I wrote to my member of parliament about my recent experience with Canada Customs.
a taste of home2011.02.07, Toronto
Tonight I tried--and failed--to do an organized errand run after work.
moving in is hard to do2011.02.06, Toronto
We spent the morning at the Canadian Tire, rounding up a million little odds and ends for the new apartment.
Samuel Washington, RIP2011.02.02, Toronto
I've just learned that a former colleague died two years ago when I was in deepest, darkest Japan.
degrees of evil2011.01.23, Oakville
Rush Limbaugh, who I think is the American entertainer who gave Canada the nickname "Soviet Canuckistan" has finally come up with another keeper.
my brilliant old idea2011.01.21, St. Catharines
For the past few months I've been carrying around a small bag that's suited for my netbook and a few A4 file folders.
snowball surprise2011.01.18, Toronto
Whenever I get the chance, these days, I tend to drowse.
broken, cold sunrise2011.01.17, Oakville
This morning there was a really amazing sunrise, just astonishing.
looking for a home2011.01.15, Toronto
Today we spent the entire day looking at apartments in Toronto.
Alberta clipper2011.01.14, St. Catharines
We've got a lot of driving to do this weekend.
coyote morning2011.01.11, Oakville, Ontario
Today was a sunny day, but the morning was unusually dark and grey.
For quite some time, I've been reading this brilliant web comics called Wondermark.
looking for a home2011.01.09, St. Catharines
We spent a good part of the day looking at online listings, trying to find a place to live.
my new car crush2010.12.28, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki
There's a new car that I'm crushing on.
as seen on TV2010.12.28, Miyazaki
Much to my surprise, I was stopped by a TV "news" crew on the streets on Miyazaki today.
predawn photography2010.12.27, Nichinan, Miyazaki
Every year end, when visiting with Mari's family in Miyazaki, I've taken a pre-dawn excursion for photography.
SOB readiness2010.12.26, Nichinan, Miyazaki
Caught a funny typo in a document I recently created for a client.
a new aquarium2010.12.25, Nichinan, Miyazaki
We've got a new/old aquarium set up for my father in law just in time for his 70th birthday.
X'mas in Japan2010.12.24, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki
It's our last X'mas in Japan.
the fish lives2010.12.22, Nichinan, Miyazaki
So it's not so easy to ship fish via courier after all.
I've forgotten Japanese2010.12.11, Tokyo
The timing of my return was intended to coincide with a performance at Kenny's day care.
first earthquake2010.12.10, Tokyo
I'd only been back in Tokyo for about fifteen hours when I felt my first earthquake.
a presentation2010.12.08, Toronto
I attended a presentation of my new employer's software for a prospect today.
jobs in Tokyo2010.12.02, Toronto
Naturally, now that I've left Tokyo (likely for good) I'm getting word of jobs opening up at Citi.
counting a month in Toronto2010.12.02, Toronto
I've been back in the city for a month now, thought I'd take stock: I've been compared to Jeff Goldbloom twice (the latest in a long string of likenesses).
from Japan to Canada2010.12.01, Toronto
Merry December, everyone! And with that, a fascinating look at the finances of "my two countries", Japan and Canada.
bay-adelaide at last!2010.11.29, Toronto
On Friday I was stunned to see that the first part of the Bay-Adelaide centre has been built.
new ink2010.11.27, St. Catharines
I got a new tattoo, today.
baby double decker2010.11.27, Oakville
The other day as I headed for the bus stop I noticed something odd about the baby carriage that a woman was pushing down the street.
it's cold2010.11.26, Toronto
Gloomy, this morning.
fights and tights2010.11.26, Toronto
A superheroes league seems to be advertising in Toronto.
nice tie!2010.11.22, Toronto
In contrast to the commentary I had the other day, today I got a compliment on my tie.
of electronics2010.11.21, Toronto
Today I bought my son his first camera.
grandparents2010.11.22, St. Catharines
This weekend my mother and I went looking for the tombstones of our grandparents.
fort meyers, eh2010.11.22, Toronto
On the Toronto subway system, you see ads for many things.
hick town driving2010.11.20, St. Catharines
On my way out the door this morning I glanced into a neighbour's truck and saw a beer can in the cup holder.
streets of Toronto2010.11.19, Toronto
Toronto's streets are so different from Tokyo's! Broken pavement, street cars*, large and brilliant graffiti, aggressive panhandlers, street hot dog vendors, and of course confrontation.
job search update2010.11.13, St. Catharines
One job lead is dead, and one may lead to an offer on Monday.
apartment searching in Toronto2010.11.10, Toronto
Here's a quick list of things that I like about searching for an apartment in Toronto as opposed to Tokyo.
a little modesty...2010.11.09, Toronto
I went into a business today and was greeted by an attractive young woman with a very tight and low-cut top.
transit in Ontario2010.11.07, Toronto
Nothing drives home the excellence of the Tokyo transit system like comparing it to that of a North American city.
what's that language?2010.11.03, St. Catharines
Got to the bus stop this morning to catch the train to the city.
in Toronto2010.11.01, Tokyo
I've touched down in Toronto, and immediately notice some differences with my adopted home of Tokyo.
photo challenge book2010.10.29, Tokyo
I've edited and published a photo book containing the work of some fifteen pentax photographers.
why I ride2010.10.21, Tokyo
waiting in Yokohama Riding for me was about corners taken too quickly, long skid marks, and gullies too steep for wheels.
China's cyberattacks of Japan2010.10.18, Tokyo
During September, Japan's telcos came under a vast "cyberattack" involving a distributed denial of service attack.
flag of .. liberia2010.10.16, Tokyo
Some friends graciously gave us a denim jacket for Kenny, a hand-me-down from the son.
a tale of two Werneburgs2010.10.15, Tokyo
I've had occasion to have both myself and my son photographed for official purposes, recently.
tough times2010.10.13, Tokyo
I had a conversation with someone who's seen his business's sales plummet 95% in the past two months.
kicked square in the eye2010.09.30, Tokyo
Anyone want a slightly used 2½ year old? Here I thought being kicked in the crotch was getting old.
another cycle trip2010.09.17, Tokyo
I hopped on my bike again today, this time in the opposite direction.
20,000 frames2010.09.16, Tokyo
Rolled my (DSLR) camera over the frame counter again, which means I've now taken more than 20,000 photos on it.
poor man's MBA2010.09.07, Tokyo
Have had some really good advice of late from someone who's been through the business creation and capital-raising process.
an old photo set2010.09.07, Tokyo
Once upon a time, in 2003 when the world was a simpler place, I took a trip to Manitoulin island with my mother.
ghosts of Shinagawa2010.09.07, Tokyo
On my way to Japanese class today, I made some long-exposure shots of the crowd passing in Shinagawa station.
my arm is healed2010.09.02, Tokyo
It's great when you've recovered from an unexpected set back, especially a health matter.
she really, really likes it2010.08.31, Tokyo
Mari came home late in the evening last night and found here belated gift of a photo book waiting for her.
Mari's birthday2010.08.30, Tokyo
This weekend we celebrated Mari's birthday.
learning to crawl (with a strobe)2010.08.23, Tokyo
Having had some success with product photography, I've decided to extend my ability with a strobe to personal photos.
Pentax weekend2010.08.21, Tokyo
We went to the aquarium down in Yokohama again, our second visit in two months.
mirror in the bathroom2010.08.18, Tokyo
On the weekend, a forum I participate in had a "submit your photos" day.
hot weather2010.08.17, Tokyo
I believe that today is the hottest day of the year to date, for Tokyo.
another fish lost2010.08.11, Tokyo
The constant temperature fluctuations are too much for our little 58L tank.
managing "open with" on the Mac2010.08.08, Tokyo
It's crazy, but in the Mac's OSX there's no way of reliably managing file associations with the applications that open those files.
NikkoCiti X'mas photos2010.08.04, Tokyo
In 2007, I attended my one and only Japanese 'bounenkai' (year end party).
our first hacker2010.07.30, Tokyo
Our website was taken offline by a hacker for about three hours this morning.
f'n weather2010.07.24, Tokyo
Canadians like to complain about the weather.
First came the realization that I could no longer drink like I once could.
hot little fish2010.07.20, Tokyo
The weather's been uncomfortably hot lately, and one unforeseen problem is that our aquarium is overheating.
five years in Tokyo2010.07.18, Tokyo
Today marks the fifth anniversary of my original arrival in Tokyo.
man ray2010.07.17, Tokyo
Today, Joon and I went to the Man Ray exhibit at the National Art Centre.
an interesting development2010.07.16, Tokyo
In reaction to my putting my photo book up on this site, I've been asked to help out with a video shoot about the streets of Tokyo.
Last night I went to the premiere screening of the movie Edonism.
ethical fashion2010.07.13, Tokyo
As indicated in the small series of articles I've posted on the subject, I've found "ethical fashion" a tough nut to crack.
Sundays is for voting2010.07.10, Tokyo
Like some European countries, Japan confines voting in its federal elections to Sundays.
happy Tanabata 2010.07.07, Tokyo
Today is the Japanese star festival, tanabata.
photos from Hakkeijima Sea Paradise2010.07.06, Tokyo
A couple of weeks ago, some free tickets from Jon and Manami-san got us into the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium down in/near Yokohama.
location based services2010.06.27, Nichinan, Miyazaki
While studying modern marketing developments, I've come across nothing as bizarre as "location based" shopping.
an eyesore falls2010.06.18, Tokyo
They're tearing down an eyesore in my neighbourhood.
cycling through gotanda2010.06.15, Tokyo
While cycling to my barber's shop today, I heard the honking of a horn from a car behind me.
西 revisited2010.06.15, Tokyo
The hilarity of learning kanji! Slowly, I've been trying to learn the Japanese writing system.
luxury sales in Japan2010.06.11, Tokyo
According to this article by Reuters journalist Isabel Reynolds, luxury goods sales fell by ten percent in 2009.
a town in the news2010.06.10, Tokyo
A small town in Canada is making the news due to the suspicious purchase of a lot of ammonia nitrate.
the iPad in Japan2010.06.09, Tokyo
I'm not so sure that the iPad's going to be a hit here in Japan.
Japanese yardbird2010.06.08, Tokyo
In English, the (outdated?) term "yard bird" means a prisoner.
new journal trick2010.06.05, Tokyo
I've modernized the way that URL's work on my journal.
Nanaimo syndrome2010.06.02, Tokyo
At the bank again today (been there three days this week), when I once again ran into The Nanaimo Syndrome.
an epic journey2010.05.30, Grenfell, Saskachewan
Right now, back in Canada, my mother is moving from Nanaimo BC to St.
yelling at crows2010.05.28, Tokyo
Over the past few days I've had problems with a crow.
a near miss2010.05.26, Tokyo
Meanwhile, back in Toronto, a friend witnessed a fatal airplane crash.
a hit!2010.05.25, Tokyo
We've had our first write-up in a jewelry-related Japanese blog.
"no facebook"2010.05.17, Tokyo
We went to a barbeque at the home of Romi and Brian, friends who live in the neighbourhood.
photos from tottori2010.05.13, Tokyo
I've updated my pics from Tottori with a few final entries.
update from kamakura2010.05.12, Tokyo
I've updated the collection of photos from a recent trip to Kamakura.
photos, getcha photos2010.05.12, Tokyo
I've added a bunch of pics to the website over the past couple of days, and thought I'd brag about them.
the new mashams2010.05.10, Tokyo
Some seven-eight months ago, our friends the Mashams moved away to Barcelona.
the musician2010.05.08, Tokyo
Mari's had her first guitar for only three days.
Revisiting Tokyo2010.05.07, Tokyo
Today I took my brother out on the city to find a gift for his wife.
Dirty brush2010.05.07, Tokyo
This morning I asked Mari where she keeps a certain tough bath scrub brush.
aquarium escapee2010.05.06, Tokyo
Here in Japan, aquarium keepers tend to keep shrimp along with fish.
boy's day2010.05.05, Tokyo
Today we went to Yurakucho and Ginza.
For today's portion of Ken's visit, we went to Shinjuku—one of the places I always like to take visitors to Tokyo.
guitar shopping2010.05.02, Tokyo
Having been out til 3:30 the night before, we laid low for much of the day, today.
the wedding reception2010.05.01, Tokyo
Today we went to the Tokyo wedding reception of Jon and Manami-san.