Learning to Cruise

I did a last minute signup for a Basic Cruising Sailing course last week and just finished a full weekend of sailing on the Ottawa River while learning more theory.  It was one of my goals for the year to take another sailing course. It was nice to see that my muscle memory and habits […]

Sci-Fi Dreams

Last night I had an interesting and perhaps prescient dream about the future transition to automation. No doubt inspired by watching ‘Ghost in the Shell’ before bed. In my dream I was being lectured about buying a shirt at full price when everyone was telling me about some fantastic sale they’d seen – $5 shirts […]

Vacation in Newfoundland

It’s always nice to see family and friends again. Summer is the best time to visit Newfoundland due to the warm sun and persistent cool breeze. Every time I come back to the island I get a new perspective of things that I didn’t really see when I was younger and growing up here. The […]

Challenging Yourself

Part of being human is our natural aversion to changes. We are good at doing what is comfortable. In fact our ability to create habits and fallback to established patterns is part of what makes our day-to-day manageable. But sometimes our logical mind requires that we change things, or do something for which is outside […]

Need More Travel

On my recent trip to San Francisco I was struck by the the amount of travelling being done by my co-workers there.  It was a stark difference from the amount of travelling that I have been able to do over the last 10 years. Flying within Canada is stupidly expensive. My understanding is that the […]

The Side Hustle

Within the tech startup scene there is the popular notion of a side hustle – a business started after hours from a full-time job. Hustling on various ideas is something that I have been doing for 10 years.  Back when I was living in Vancouver in 2006 I was getting into internet marketing – launching […]

Meetings in Silicon Valley

This week I’m finding myself on a surprise trip to California to meet the team that I’m going to be working with for the next little while. This time I’m integrating in with a well financed SV startup company. In many ways it feels like an episode of Silicon Valley – fully stocked free kitchen, […]

Niro Baby

So, as mentioned in a previous post we have been long debating what to do about a boat/cottage/RV/car purchase. The final resolution was to hold off on all those extras and focus on simple road trips with a mix of hotel and tent camping.  With that in mind, what we had considered as a budget […]

Car and Travel

For the better part of a year now, I’ve had a nagging question on my mind and a consistent conversation discussion with Heather about big purchases. The idea of buying a sailboat was on my mind for quite a bit last year after having done some sailing lessons.  I looked at a bunch of options […]

Logo Contest Kickoff

I started a logo contest tonight to help get my new website a good identity. I’m pushing through with some investments in this business to give it the best chance of success I can muster.  This will replace the placeholder logo I currently have for Fosterous. This weekend I managed to get the server spun […]