Without Leukemia

"The pain and ecstasy of cycling to the South Pole"

This article is an interesting summary of the first successful cycle to the south pole. I decided not to ride my ICE trike through the winter this year for a number of reasons, including the difficulty of maintaining and storing an ice-encrusted, slush-splattered trike while living in a third-floor apartment. But after following Maria Leijerstam...

Saving the world, one computation at a time

Like many folks, I want to save the world. I mean, I would save the world, if only I had just a bit more time. And energy. And maybe some money. *yawn* I think I'll have a nap... Ahem...anyway, it's nice to be able to feel like I'm contributing, but I do struggle sometimes with the where and how of it. One great way to chip in – or rather, del...

The amazing stories right under my nose.

One of the challenges with writing, for me, is figuring out what stories to tell. On my worst days, it feels like there is nothing I could possibly say, nothing I could possibly write, that would be at all interesting to anyone else. This, I think to myself, is futile. I imagine that, at some point, someone must have said something like: “Whe...

Isn't it time the internet was awesome?

The internet was supposed to bring about a revolution in “self-publishing," and enable everyone to be a creator. Of course, to some extent, this has happened. Anyone can write a blog, create a video or share their music online. But something about the way this all works seems significantly short of a “revolution." To me it seems like where this...

Will a trike change my life?

I haven't ridden my bike significantly in almost 5 years. With my vision loss, and the troubles I have been having with balance while riding, I had just about given up on ever experiencing the joy of riding again. And then, just this week, I decided to explore more seriously an idea I had some time ago: I decided to try riding a recumbent trike....

Posts of note from my personal archive

I was taking a tour of my online presence the other day – having a look at how others see me online – and I came across an old blog I had very briefly back in 2007 called I Written Reaction. The idea I had at the time was to have a blog where I would post my thoughts about various things I would read online, or current issues of the day. It wasn...

Ok, I played my cards wrong this time

As I mentioned a few posts ago I am moving my blog to Postach.io from Wordpress, because it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling (that's a good enough reason, right?) I thought I would cross-post a few posts to scroall.wordpress.com since there were a few people following me there. Then I wrote the bit about electoral reform, Fair Vote Canada was kin...

"One day, son, our votes may count"

One of the things that distracts me from what I might otherwise be writing is the political situation in Canada. I have always been a politically engaged sort of person. In recent years, however, even I have started to tune out from Federal and, to a lesser extent, Provincial politics. I have resigned myself to the fact that until there is a c...

What to write about, how and where?

Being a writer is hard work. It's probably not hard work in the way that most people think of hard work. The hardest thing about writing, I think, and I imagine about most creative pursuits, is the ambiguity and uncertainty. At least for me, the actual getting words down onto the page, once I've decided what to write, is not that hard. The hard...

Stepping off into the unknown

One of the greatest things in life, I think, is to find something you really love to do, and to be able to spend your life doing that. To be able to wake-up every day and feel like you are making a difference, and that you are doing what you were meant to do. At least, I assume that must be great. It sounds great, and it seems to make sense. ...