Rocketships, Inc.

Writing about what I’ve learned

Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock

I stopped using my alarm clock recently. When I was a kid, my dad was my alarm clock. He’d wake me up every morning for school. Sometimes he woke me up really early, like 4 am. My mom was a bus driver and we only had one family car, so dad drove her. They couldn’t...

Mom’s Spaghetti

I woke up at the usual time and decided to stay in bed. I used my feet to pull my phone off the charger where it sleeps at night and emailed work. "I've got vertigo. I won't be in." Then I texted my two best friends, one after another, and said, "I can't walk. Halp."...

Rock and roll

Rock and roll

A few years ago I went through a phase of putting on shows. I might still be in that phase, actually, we'll see what happens this year. But anyway, I did some events. One was a bike polo tournament with a party after. Two were alleycat races, both with a show after....

What cars are hot in Victoria?

What cars are hot in Victoria?

I just got back from a month abroad, and I wonder if I've forgotten how to code. I ask around the office, how has it been? Did anything break while I was away? Not only did nothing break, my boss was so bored that he's been bothering the office manager and taking...

Why You Should Always Use Clear and Relevant Headlines

Why You Should Always Use Clear and Relevant Headlines

Sometimes your subconscious brings up some dumb thing you did years ago, and then you get to stay up all night thinking about how awful it was. Okay. In school I only enjoyed English class. English and Language Arts teachers were always my favourites. They paid me as...

How to talk to your deaf* friend

Tl;dr read the bold bits. Friends, have you ever started asking me a question only to be interrupted by "Wassat?" after like 2 words? Like, "Do you…" "What?" "I was going to say, do you want some more coffee?" "Oh. Yes please." I notice a sound - I notice that it's...

Art & Lutherie

Art & Lutherie

When I was 18, in January, I had $1000. That was all the money I had in the world, right after I was paid. I was ahead of the rent for the first time since leaving home 6 months ago. That meant that I could spend money on something other than food, for the first time....

Dear Mr Trudeau, Pt. 11 and the rest.

The rest... all the letters are sent now. 54. Dear Mr Trudeau, Since Canada is a democracy, you can't make all decisions completely on your own. If you'd like, please send me the names of other members of the government who I should write to and ask them to support...

Read a fucking book or something

Read a fucking book or something

I get exasperated with my friends sometimes, when they complain about problems that I know the solution to, since I've read it in a book, implemented it in my life, and no longer have that problem. My usual, eye-rolling response is "read a fuckin' book or something!"...