Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apples vs Oranges

Just so you know, even when I'm not blogging, I'm thinking of blogging.

To wit, I had done research on the confusing expression "you can't compare apples to oranges" in the months prior to the last post.

I'm awesome!

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Friday, April 17, 2015


Martian sunset: Spirit at Gusev crater
I’m working on a manifesto (or “vision and mission” statement, if you want something a little less militant) for this blog inspired by the Jalopnik Awesomeness Manifesto by Ray Wert, formerly the Editor in Chief of Jalopnik.

At the time Wert wrote the manifesto in July 2010, I had been reading Jalopnik for about four, maybe five years, and what I had found intriguing about Jalopnik was its mix of love for quirky cars not just the fastest or flashiest cars, articles highlighting unusual aspects of car culture, and the surprisingly intelligent comments section (Reductio ad Hitlerum didn’t apply, the comments usually got better the longer they went [That statement is accurate no matter how you understand it]) which could include quotes from anything from South Park to Shakespeare within the same comment thread.

When Wert published the manifesto the tone at Jalopnik had changed, some of their most popular writers had left, and the quality of the content had declined as they pursued a more mainstream audience (Whoo-hoo! An eight way comparison of mid-sized sedans with six cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, bring it on! [Oh, wait, that was Road & Track, and that's when I stopped reading it]).

Sunday, April 05, 2015

My triumphant return to blogging

Shanidar Cave, taken during the summer of 2005
Usually, for me, September is a time for renewal and transformation.

It’s not hard to imagine why, twelve years of school with a couple of relapses will do that to you.

This Easter, however, I’m particularly moved by transformation, which I suppose is why I’m planning to come back to blogging regularly.

I had mentioned previously advice compelling bloggers not to remark on long intervals between posts, and that, to me, it seemed like good advice.

However, like so much good advice I’ve been given, which I also thought sounded reasonable, I’ve ignored it.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Even Greater Hiatus

So, how have you been doing?

Uh huh.

Have you been working out?

Me neither.

You look great, though.

No, not "marvellous", just great.

Oh, me, nothing much, just working, and stuff.

Yes, I know everyone has stuff to do.

No, I'm not using spending time with my family as an excuse for neglecting you.

Stop judging me, you're just a gaping maw that takes in everything and then asks for more.

It's not like you ever show up with delicious cookies, ice cream and a perfectly brewed cup of tea!

And also, you're a figment of my imagination.

So, there's that.

There are changes afoot for the blog, including a change of address.

I'll be back soon, I promise.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Free journalism

Now that I have your attention, the closure of the The Kamloops Daily News compels me to comment, after all everyone has an opinion and I’m an asshole. (I’m not completely convinced that expression was explained to me accurately.)

In the Beginning
I chose to leave the car business in 2006 against some advice to study photojournalism.

My career had stalled, I had become both bored and frustrated with my work and I couldn’t bear the thought that being my future for another thirty years.

After prayer, contemplation and gaining some insight into who and what I am, journalism became a welcome, interesting and exciting direction to pursue.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Great Hiatus

Holmes and Moriarty fighting over the
Reichenbach Falls, by Sidney Paget.

When I started blogging, some time slightly before the founding of the Ottoman Emipire and after the fall of the Roman Empire, (did you know Istanbul used to be called Constantinople?) I read an article on another blog which advised if you’re posting after an extended absence don’t start with an apology for not blogging, just write your article, post it and move on as if nothing happened.

I’ve generally followed that advice when it’s been too long between posts, but this most recent absence has been a bit unreasonable.

It’s been over a year since my last post, and three months before the post prior to that.

My excuse for my blogging absence, which the aforementioned article suggested not going into, was working full-time (yeah!) having a second job for a few months (yeah!) and two people at home who I very much enjoy spending time with.

Friday, October 05, 2012

My wife is gonna be PISSED

You owe me one.
So, I'm at home working on a proposal to fix a company's online presence (they have five Facebook pages and one Facebook group. They really need me.) when I get a phone call from 604-259-0402.

I assume (well, actually, hope with fingers crossed) that's it's someone ready to offer me a full-time job so I can pay off some of the creditors who are also calling.

[Hire me, I'll fix your Internet presence for food. (I mean cash, I'll fix your online presence for cash. {Cash which I can use to buy food!}{I miss food.})]

So, I answer the phone and Bonita tells me I've been selected to receive a Disney vacation including:

  • Seven days six nights Caribbean cruise
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage
  • Disney World
  • Orlando Magic card good for discounts on attractions
Because I registered for it.