Canada Day in the Strange Times

Canada Day in the Strange Times

Canada Day was sort of cancelled this year.   It’s usually my favourite holiday. Downtown Victoria is shut down to car traffic as thousands of tourists flood the Inner Harbour for a concert on the Legislature lawn. Usually it’s local bands, one year it was Sarah...
Build an open closet out of gas pipe

Build an open closet out of gas pipe

My partner and I both own a full apartment’s worth of stuff. When we first talked seriously about living together, we realized that combining into either of our tiny apartments was a bad idea. Besides, each of us had sworn wouldn’t move our of current...

Contributing to Open Source Code

In February of 2017, I was assigned to look after the New York Observer. My first task was a stale ticket about FBIA warnings. FBIA (Facebook Instant Articles) is a platform that Facebook is promoting to help articles load faster on mobile, within the Facebook...
Preserving the History of Cobble Hill

Preserving the History of Cobble Hill

The Cobble Hill Historical Society is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the history of Cobble Hill and the surrounding areas (Duncan, Shawnigan and Cowichan). They are embarking on an ambitious project to digitize and catalogue their historical assets....

Helping scientists look after grey whales

Clayoquot Whales is a site maintained by Josie Byington, a scientist who tracks whale movements in and around Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound here in BC. A couple months ago she reached out to my company for help. She has whale sighting reports coming in every week,...

Faking It

When I was five I found out that I can’t hear. I didn’t notice anything wrong but my parents, teachers, they noticed. I was acting out. I got hearing aids and some assistance, but for the most part, I went through all of school without ever knowing what was going on....