that’s all, folks

retirementI’ve recently fully committed to the full-time role of Executive Director at Little Paws Learning Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon. I spend anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day performing the duties for this job. As a result, I’m left with pretty much no time to keep up developments in the technology and media industries.

Unfortunately, that means I have to kick this weekly Geek Love column to the curb. 

It’s been a blast. I’ve been writing Geek Love pretty much every week for the past four years or so. I’m gonna miss the opportunity to explore ideas in a published form every week.

I hope that you enjoyed reading it (just before you laid it under your cat’s litter tray).

starbucks’ moral message

Recently, I complained to Starbucks head office. The brewhouse was constantly fucking up my regular drink order. (Not too mention I often found myself waiting more than 10 minutes to get the wrong drink.)

My preferred Starbucks drink order? A quad-grande, half-full Americano.

The problem was, the baristas would tend to fill my cup to the brim, which produced a vile, watery beverage that too closely resembled Nabob.

So it was fitting that, in coupon form, this response arrived from Starbucks today:

half full americano coupon

Apparently it should never be half full either.

not so full of myself anymore

egoA couple of things lately that have revealed to me that I’m perhaps getting a bit older than I’d like to admit I am…

First, went out for a glass of wine tonight with a friend and met a young woman in her early twenties who was so full of herself as to be laughable. While she enjoyed the concept of an issue, it was only an issue insofar as it related directly to her. There was no possibility for detachment.

I can recall that sense of being central to the known universe, back when I was that age, and I saw myself, in a sense, at play this evening. A fascinating display. I didn’t realize I was so boring.

Oh, and the other thing. Crazy shit. Teenagers are statistically more likely to engage in felatio than kiss. Really. Like, 12 to 18 year olds. “Hooking up,” is bigger than dating these days. I just am so far from that shit.

 I can hear the phrase forming in my mind now: “When I was a teenager…” Shut up, old man.

iphone and blackberry: a difference of memory

oldhorseNormally a Blackberry Curve user on a slow network, I recently had the pleasure of using an Apple iPhone on Rogers’ high speed 3G mobile network in Vancouver.

I loved it.

It is inarguably the single most pleasant mobile computing experience available to humankind today.

The combination of the iPhone’s physical look-and-feel and its on-screen software user interface are a new standards-bearer in the world of handheld computing.

With one exception: you can only do one thing at a time.

That sucks. Continue reading