Filthy Water, Clean Filter

Last summer I set out on an insane solo backcountry adventure. After renting a kayak from MEC and then setting off to a small provincial park north of Kingston, ON; I was completely on my own. No family members to help me. No friends to join me in the adventure. Just me, the water and the haunting calls of the common loon. Continue reading


Shifting schedule == energy drinks

As far as I can recall, I have never worked nine-to-five. Not, in the exact, traditional sense at least. I have worked a variety of schedules over the past 10 years or so. But none have been nine to five.  I have worked 14:30 to 22:00. I have worked 06:00 to 14:30. I have worked 08:00 to 16:00. Now, I work 22:00 to 06:00.

These hours, for the most part, are less than desirable for the greater population. I work them, because I have to, want to and need to.

I recently started a new job with an amazing Canadian outdoor/lifestyle company that specializes in healthy active living. They even go so far as to incorporate green features into their operations. Being a retailer, most employees are ecstatic about the awesome discounts and deals we’re privy to. Me, being more mature in my needs, prefer the greater scope of the company’s dealings with regards how the conduct themselves and treat their employees and clientele.

As a result of my taking on this new job and it’s hours, I have gone back to tried and true, store-purchasable liquid stimulants: Energy drinks.  Discussing my options of how to use my free time, I’ve decided to write in my blog, reviews of each drink that graces my taste buds and digestive tract.

First should be Red Rain Sugarfree. redrain

Assessment: Oh my god… why did I try this one first? What the hell is wrong with me? I’d like to lose some weight, but is this really the way to do it? I can taste the plastic! Wait? This is in a metal can! Dear god… why? Maybe I should try this one again later.

Next up: Monster Ultra Red

Confidence vs cockiness

The difference?

A confident person raises themselves up.
A cocky person pulls others down.

I had a great idea for writing an article about the difference between the two, but came down to the realization that the difference could be summed up in two sentences. Irony is that, I’ve discussed this with friends in the past. I had been labelled as cocky, but in truth I was only showing confidence. It was another party that deemed me cocky because it was part of their personal agenda to undermine others. Truth is, that individual had nothing to be confident about. It was a matter of projection. They thought themselves better than others despite all evidence to the contrary.

As Dad once said… “All sizzle and no steak.”

Another Left-handed Comment

Or… the addendum to “Damnit Steve, I’m not a southpaw”

Last week, I talked about left-handedness and the strange development within laptop computers to have sockets on the left side. In my attempt to add graphics to the post, I did a quick google search which had a rather hilarious result, of which I made a screen-capture. Unfortunately, I forgot to include it in my post and only stumbled upon it moments ago when cleaning up a few folders on my laptop.

The following is the screencap that was meant to be in that post.



I wish I could remember the exact search terms I was using to do my research, but it’s obvious they involved left-handed, people and the word hate.  The first result being one of the funnier things I’ve pulled up in a search. If it wasn’t for the ridiculousness of link’s wording wasn’t bad enough, the next post is an article from about how being left-handed “screws you for life.” I think that article’s premise made me laugh pretty hard, given how I was blogging about how despite being right-handed makes you part of the majority, your electronics are likely to be designed as if you were left-handed.

In retrospect, I should’ve added smartphones to the argument. The argument works particularly well for iPhones as the volume buttons are on the left side and are easy to operate with your left thumb – a function, likely the result of right-handed people holding phones with their left hand, I’m sure.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the caption for the picture above; WFM is my short for “Words Fail Me“. I only lay claim to this because I don’t know anyone else who uses “WFM” or even the phrase “words fail me”. Except Lana Kane from FX’s Archer, but she’s a cartoon character and so, does not count.

With that said, I can now delete that screencap from my desktop. Yaaaaaaaay!

Cylindrical Meats are pre-cooked

Winter time is a special time for me in ways I cannot explain. While Summer offers a lot great activities to partake in; winter has more than a handful of its own. Despite that, camping is generally not very high on the survey list when you ask people of favourite winter activities.

I enjoy winter camping because it truly challenges the mind, body and soul. As an activity, it pushes us to persevere against the elements. Those very same elements can often change very rapidly as I’ve witnessed. I’ve camped in conditions where putting tents up was hampered by high winds and where snow that fell the day before melted very rapidly the next day.

I’ve learned from those experiences that preparation and know-how are especially key. When the wind comes, grab the shovel and move snow to create a barrier for your tent. When the snow melts, move quickly and keep your hands and knees off the ground: Wet cold is deceiving.

Now, this blog is supposed to be about my thoughts on technology, not random topics. So, where does winter camping come into play here? Very easily. Since its very much a matter of survival as it is a recreational activity, we need to be mindful that both aspects have spawned technologies to make both easier. We often forget the science and technology aspects behind both. A lot of winter gear was made possible by developments in science and technology. Continue reading

Sony Earbud Review: Keeping the bass in your face

A week ago, I blathered on about earbuds and made a nonchalante remark that after purchasing a new pair, I would write a review. Well, I did purchase the aforementioned earbuds, so it’s time for a review.


Type Sport Earbuds
Frequency Response 9-23,000 hz
Impedance 16Ω
Sensitivity 100 db/mW
Capacity 100 mW
Driver 9mm dome
Magnet Neodymium
Cord Length 0.6m
Extras Extension Cord (0.6m)
4 sizes of silicone cups
3 sizes ear hanger
Moisture guard (aka Sweatproof)
Carrying case
Gator clip

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I rather not say where this came from…

I like stumbleupon for letting me surf the interwebz (why is this vernacular) because I can find some really interesting things.
Like the following:

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’
1 cup water or soy milk
1 cup flour (any kind will work—even gluten-free!)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
1 cup buffalo or hot sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil or melted vegan margarine

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Combine the water or soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place in a shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, combine your buffalo sauce and olive oil or margarine in a small bowl.
  • Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Serve alongside vegan blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Nevertheless, I like the idea. Though, I’d pass on the soy milk part. Vegan or not, that stuff is horribly genetically modified.