Birthday Wishes

This week I ticked over another year. It forced me to try and think about a gift I’d like for myself.  It is hard. Truth is that most of what I want are accomplishments – things that take time and effort: build a boat run a successful business play some role in colonizing the moon […]

Personal Cloud

It kind of snuck up on me a bit over the years. I have got a rather decent collection of computers running for various different side projects over the years. At home I run a local NAS file server 24/7 for local backups and as a shared place to access files from other computers and […]

Pinched Nerve

For the last couple of weeks I have been dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck. Then magically, it fixed itself. Pinched nerves are rather annoying, the symptoms I had were not always indicative of where the problem was. For a period of 2 weeks my arm or hands would go numb several times […]

Summer Road Trips

In the depths of winter it is easy to let the mind wander towards thoughts of warm beaches and vacations.  I had been planning to take a trip somewhere warm this winter, but other priorities have gotten in the way, and so we are hunkered down waiting for the cold weather to pass at home. […]

House Hunting

It has been two years since we moved to Ottawa and for those two years we have been renting a house. The idea was two-fold. First, it allowed us to take the money from selling the house and invest it in stocks – increasing the diversity of investments and hopefully getting better returns. Secondly it […]

Skewing Vegetarian

One of the first things I’ve been focused on this year has been to improve my health, starting with my diet. For much of the last few years I had been impressed with the keto approach because it has been effective at controlling my weight. However it seems that it has been negatively affecting my […]

Making Ice

This year I agreed to help out the community by maintaining the community hockey rink. Luckily it’s right out the front door, so it’s easy to keep an eye on things and there’s not far to go to flood the rink and do the snow clearing. I think I underestimated just how much work it […]