Now

This is a /now page, inspired by Derek Sivers. You should consider making your own! I keep a more complete list of my recently active projects here.

Derek just wrote a new post about these pages.

I updated this page May 28, 2024.


Drinking less

I reduced my drinking mid Jan of this year because of a spinal cord injury. Apparently I'm really good at not drinking, who knew? I'm in the midst of 100+ days of not drinking...WTF?


Something New......?

For the first time in possibly forever, I'm taking some time off. I'll be starting something new soon but if you've got an opportunity we should discuss, now is the time to let me know!

I'm talking with some folks, have some stuff in mind...


Nut bars

I made another batch of my homemade power or nut bars. I'm going to work on writing the recipe out here, as almost every person who tries one asks for the recipe. My batches produce eight lbs of nut bars. That lasts my family and friends about two weeks.

My first pass at writing up the recipe is at bars.html


Steal 'My' Ideas

I may finally build a 'steal my ideas' page on the internet.

I recently posted an idea on LinkedIn. I've been telling people for years how I want to build a site where I list ideas which come to me. The intent being, if someone wants to pick it up, iterate on it, shape it and execute on it, please DO!

Execution matters. If you're going to put the work in to execute an idea, it should also be an awesome idea but ideas on their own are worth little. If you can execute on an idea of mine better than me, do it! I have more on my list I can tackle.

Also, while I suppose I should call these 'my' ideas, they really aren't. If I'm the only one on this planet having an idea then it's likely terrible. If I'm reading and interpreting the same signals as many others then it's highly likely that many others are landing on the same idea as me.


Pelican Sites

I'm moving all my wee static sites to Pelican and really digging it. I'm getting each into private github repos as part of this.

It's nice to mess around at the keyboard again, moving around in bash and vi, get my .bashrc and such back in place.

Why Pelican?

I feel like I've been stuck between an html page and django for decades. By that I mean, I've built many full custom web applications in django, so I technically have those skills. I'm not a fan of IDE's or WYSIWYG editors such as wix etc. While those tools are all great, I have to learn their particular way of doing things. Then there's wordpress, which I fucking hate. I love the concept of WP but it's yet another tool I need to learn and keep up to date on. As well, because of it's popularity, almost every site I've hosted has been hacked at some point.

I don't need to edit webpages in a web browser. I don't need my websites to be dynamically rendered for every single visitor etc. Working in Pelican allows me to build, edit and maintain websites using the basic tools I love, primarily VI, bash, linux. As well, it allows me to render all those sites as simple, basic, static html pages which means they are fast and easy to secure.


Another Ontario Startup Train

I started a train based conference well over a decade ago. I chartered trains with VIA Rail and filled our car with people from the Ontario startup scene. We traveled from Toronto to Montreal to attend International Startup Festival(SUF).

The Ontario Startup Train is back for it's second post Covid year this July. I no longer run this completely on my own. I'm now partnered directly with the SUF folks, they have your tickets if you want to join. We're aiming for a lot of train cars this summer!


Fork Your Company

For almost a decade now, I've been playing with the concept of applying the metaphor of software forking to change and innovation within companies. I'm not sure if this is a series of blog posts, some videos or maybe a book at some point.

I'm working to draft content these days to see where that takes me. I'm scratching at building a landing page and maybe even finding a few companies I can work with to put the methology into practice.

At this point, I think this is going to end up being a static site I build out with this content and offer it up to the world.