Let’s Hear It For Art AND Science


I came across this quote today and I completely disagree:

The better you know technology the worse you probably know good art. [Source]

This sentence feels like a throwback to the old days of grimacing NASA scientists in white labcoats and thick, dark glasses, staring intelligently at computers that took up an entire room. This is 2015, and as we learned a couple of years ago, the people at NASA are a lot cooler than they used to be.

bobak[Bobak Ferdowsi, ladies and gentlemen.]

It frustrates me that someone is still perpetuating the idea that science is somehow the polar opposite of art; that technology is cold and colourless. If your tech is cold and colourless, you’re doing it wrong.

Technology is beautiful.

Technology takes someone who only had eight crayons to colour with and gives them a 64 pack. (And then a 256, a 512, a 1024…) When it’s done well technology gets out of the way so your best thinking, your greatest innovation, your strongest connections can shine.

It’s backwards and inside-out to presume that tech people aren’t artistic people. It simply isn’t true. The better technology gets, the more creativity it demands, not less. Sure it takes a lot of math to get to Mars, but you have to imagine it first.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Voting


The 2014 Abbotsford municipal elections are happening on November 15th.

In the last municipal elections here in BC a paltry 30% of voters showed up. We can do better than that.

This year, I’ve done the research for you. The Vote Local tab in the header will take you to a listing of what we’re voting on, what these people do and a quick way to choose your candidates based on the issues that matter to you.

Remembrance Day is just around the corner. One of the most practical ways you can honour the sacrifice of each Canadian who fought on your behalf is to participate in the democracy they bought with their blood. Voting is actually pretty easy. GO VOTE!



This is how the story begins…

So here it is, the first day and I don’t know what comes next and that’s a little scary. It’s a blank page. In writing classes the blank page is seen as an adversary. The responsibility of filling it feels heavy and weighty so they teach you not to leave it blank. Just write something they say. It doesn’t have to be the intro, it doesn’t even have to survive the final edit. Just write something so it’s not a blank page anymore.

It sounds like a parlor trick, but it actually works. Get past the blank page and the massive void doesn’t seem so massive anymore. A page with a sentence on it has already begun.

So this is my first sentence. And this is me taking a deep breath and trying to enjoy the view of the edge of this cliff rather than making myself nuts calculating the rate at which I’ll fall. (Besides, I took my physics. I know that the rate at which I’d fall is a constant anyway, until you add friction, air resistance, that sort of thing. So here’s to trying to reduce the friction.)

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