That’s Life

Here you find my thoughts on life, humanity, and all that other stuff that most people couldn’t care less about. Enjoy!

  • Wordpress.com Now 57% More Expensive! (12/6/2018) - Worpress.com Personal has skyrocketed in price from $35.88 to $48.00 plus an additional $15 for the domain name that is no longer included. So $63 annually for what was $35.88 just a couple months ago. All prices in Canadian dollars. Yeah, I’m out. Too rich for my blood. Allow me to also take this opportunity […]
  • STEM Hobbies Are Great, In Moderation (7/11/2018) - STEM: “Science, Technology, Engineering, Math”, the first entry in Google for the word “stem”, making trees the world over cry in despair. This acronym is used to describe the modern educational movement that encourages students to learn stuff that makes their brains hurt. It’s pretty cool and junk. However, even as a person who does […]
  • Thanks for the Gift Card Starbucks (2/5/2018) - Just before Christmas last year, I wrote the following email to Starbucks, Hello, I am not a snob. I am just a normal person who has been drinking coffee for thirty years or so. The best coffee is that which I make for myself at home from fresh ground “medium roast” beans, using boiled water […]
  • I Don’t Care If You’re ______. I Do Care That You’re Human. (12/29/2017) - I edited the title to be less sensational. This article is about accepting people for who they are and accepting every person is equal. “What the fuck is wrong with people?” is the most frequent question I tend to ask myself, right behind, “where did I put my coffee?” and, “did I already put sugar […]
  • Practice Video: Maintaining the Under-House (11/29/2017) - I watch a fair amount of YouTube, so I figured… I like talking and I did some performance stuff when I was a kid, so what the heck, I’ll see what goes into making one of those, “talking about something over pictures” type of videos. Well, let me just say that it takes more effort […]
  • Norm MacDonald’s New Gig: My Inner Monologue (10/15/2017) - OK, now I have done it… You know you’ve watched too much of something when… I discovered Norm when I was a teen in the early 90s. I loved watching stand up comedy (on TV) and I think it really helped me through the bumpy bits of those years. Nothing like a good laugh, right? […]
  • Good Bye Brother, Good Bye Friends (10/8/2017) - Good Bye Brother On October 1st my second eldest brother, Don, ended his fourteen year endurance of cancer and went gracefully into the great beyond. Don’s obituary can be read on The Bay Today website here. Being the youngest born of seven children, with births spanning 50 years of our father’s life and two mothers, […]
  • Canopy/Wimax/LTE: Not “The” Solution to Rural Broadband (9/23/2017) - Twelve years. That’s how long we have lived in our nice little house, with a good sized yard, and truly insufficient internet service. We’re not even in a real rural setting – their’s a national chain grocery store roughly 300m from our house. Our home has always been serviced by cable television and wired telephone […]
  • Tip: Private Browsing is a Handy Organization Tool (7/27/2017) - For a time I was using a nifty little Motorola E phone, which was a small, great feeling, inexpensive Android device that I really liked, apart from the fact that it only had 4GB of storage. Yes, 4GB! Even after I rooted it so I could move more app data to the SD card, the […]
  • The Power of… No Ads! (7/24/2017) - So a few years ago when I stopped hosting my website on a virtual server and moved it to this WordPress.com blog, I wrote WordPress.com an email with some feedback about their packages and plans. At the time, there just wasn’t any value in their offerings for someone like me. Why would I spend $20 […]
  • Gandi.net stole my .CA domain name and I may never get it back (7/24/2017) - When I transferred http://www.tpot.ca away from Netfirms (because Netfirms refused to honor the email address that came with my domain name, despite it literally being a line item listed on the receipt…) several years ago, I chose to move it to Gandi.net for essentially two reasons, 1. All the hullabaloo (FUD in computer talk) about […]
  • The $20 Christmas Giving Challenge! (12/12/2016) - It’s the most wonderful time of year and all that, so this year I decided I would do something new to celebrate in the spirit of the season: I’m going to donate $5 to four charitable or volunteer organizations!  Sure, $5 isn’t much money, but that’s where the challenge part comes into play – if […]
  • Believe (2/26/2016) - Had a dream about an old friend… Took a few minutes to look them up on the o’l interwebs and I couldn’t be more proud of all they have done with their life. A younger me would feel bad about not living up to his own potential, thinking that by comparison he has squandered his […]
  • Election 2015 – Please, Please Vote and Use Your Vote Wisely (5/29/2015) - Please vote in this year’s Canadian federal election and know who you are voting for, at the personal level. Our system of politics is crazy, in that it thrusts “parties” into power rather than providing us with a house of representatives who are actually free to speak and act on our behalf. Our current governing […]
  • Snail Mail – Still Useful in 2015 (5/7/2015) - This is a two part post about how regular mail is still useful in the digital age. It’s funny too, because both of the things I used slow old “snail mail” for recently were problems I had putting off for months. Part 1: That’s a mighty big File You’ve Got There! After giving Guild Wars […]