Writings

2017

Tsundoku or Reading in 2017

“Tsundoku is the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them.”

2016

Doing the Work

“The ideas are stuck in my head; time to start getting them out and published.”

Mindfulness Reading List

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37- Absence

The sixth retrospection written on my 37th birthday.

Five Years and Counting

“Four Sides Hospitality Consulting started five years ago. It's been quite the shift working from home compared to an office environment.”

iPad As New Literacy

“Merlin and Dan had an interesting conversation about a problem I have been struggling with. How much time do you allow children to use an iPad?”

2015

Turning 6 Years Old

“My daughter’s journey through 2015 had some bumps but was full of adventure.”

The Journey of 2015

It was a long journey of trials and errors, but the more important journey was my exploration of Kelowna and the Okanagan, and how that impacted me.

Frosty Weather

A perfect Christmas gift for yourself or friend- a pair of lambskin leather gloves from BespokePost.

Fifty Thousand Words

November is the month for NaNoWriMo where authors around the world publish a novel of 50,000 words. With no ideas for a novel, a different challenge has been accepted.

Thoughts On Money

When we grow beyond the egotistical demands of money and become more generous with it, we give people more than just money or objects. We are giving those people the opportunity to free themselves from the relationship they have developed with money.

Dispatch

Starting a bit of a social experiment: publishing smaller pieces to Medium and working on lengthier pieces here.First...

Ego And Work

If there is that kind of communication going on between yourself and the object, then ego doesn’t get a chance to ...

I Made A Thing

I’ve been quiet in my space1 here for several weeks for good reason. I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about the p...

All We Have Is Breath

The most important lesson from my readings into mindfulness and Buddhism has been how important the breath is. Strip away everything else happening in life and just breathe.

A Step With Buddha

It's been about a month since I wrote The Call of Silence, a month of developing a better self-awareness with myself. Thanks to the Okanagan Valley being blanketed in smoke for the first period, I was able to put more focus into reading about mindfulness and Buddhism.

The Call Of Silence

I think of my reading as drawing water from some bottomless, timeless well. In goes the bucket. The rope slides thr...

Getting Out Of Jail

NY Times article about what happens to convicts on their first day of freedom reminded me of my encounter with a man just out of jail after twelve years.

Exit The Queen

The person that introduced me to theatre is about to retire from teaching, my high school drama teacher, Mary Sloan.

Alto’s Adventure

“Alto’s Adventure is a snowboarding adventure game for iPhone. Beautiful, simple, fun.”

2014

A Film About Coffee

“A Film About Coffee invites you to explore the world of coffee, and hear some very interesting stories.“

Virunga The Documentary

“A national park in Congo, home to 400 mountain gorillas, under threat from militia and corporations.”

35 A Reflection

I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must ...

Run The Jewels

“Rap duo known as Run The Jewels has a new album out, available for free.”

Tim Cook Is Gay

“When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick. - Tim Cook”

Chris Hadfield

“Chris Hadfield took 45,000 pictures while in space and made a book out of the best.”

Asimov On Creativity

“My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. - Asimov”

Bury Yourself Day Three

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Bury Yourself Day Two

Part of the Bury Yourself writing project35 years is both a long time to live and a short amount of time. It is relat...

Bury Yourself Day One

Part of the Bury Yourself writing project Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die...

Being Mortal Atul Gawande

The two unfixables in life are: aging and dying. You can’t fix those. — Atul GawandeThe day before I start publish...

Bury Yourself Writing Project

We’re coming up on the end of the year. The Earth gives us an opportunity to wake up earlier and go to sleep earlie...

What Does David Fincher Not Do

People will say, “There are a million ways to shoot a scene”, but I don’t think so. I think there’re two, maybe. An...

Blue Bottle Coffee Review

The best coffee available today: Blue Bottle. Read about the varieties of coffee that has been delivered over the past few years.

Quote - Tony Konecny

Sometimes to make the big leap, you’ve got to first find yourself clinging to the edge of the cliff. Tony Konecny,...

Matt Gemmell - Raw Materials

Everyone has their tales to tell, and the ones that resonate most tend to be the troubling ones… we need to share t...

Cromwell's Head

From one showman to another, Cromwell’s head passed through the eighteenth century, turning a profit each time. The...

Back to the Future

It’s fascinating to watch the Back to the Future movies now not for their nostalgic depiction of the 1950s or jokey...

All the Changes

As I mentioned previously, things have been changing here for me the past few months. I have been a lot more focus on...

A New Dawn

Incredibly, it’s been four years since I started writing under the Four Sides name. This is also the seventh or eight...

Verse

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Tonx Coffee Review

The best coffee available today: Tonx. Read about the varieties of coffee that has been delivered over the past few years.

2013

Happy Birthday to My Girl

December 31st, 2009 at 9:00 PM, my daughter Kylie was born.My life has never been the same since that moment. The upd...

My Favourite Apps for iOS 7

Everyone with an iPhone knows that iOS 7 was released on Wednesday to the general public. Joining the release of the ...

Sontag on Fame

There’s a reason why traditional religious wisdom has been esoteric and often requires a kind of initiation, becaus...

Growth Through Mistakes

If you think you’ve reached a point where you can create work that never makes you cringe again, then you’re saying...

Talking About Walking

A walk is exploring surfaces and textures with finger, toe, and - yuck - tongue; standing still and seeing who or w...

Saying No

We simplify We perfect We start over Until everything we touch Enhances each life It touches. – Advertisement...

Locked Out and Saying F*ck It

When you say Fuck It, you give in to the flow of life - you stop doing what you don’t want to do, you finally do wh...

Touchscreens

What I find incredibly exciting about this is the interfaces people who grew up with touchscreen devices design cou...

Death of Facts

Facts is survived by two brothers, Rumor and Innuendo, and a sister, Emphatic Assertion.– Facts, 360 BC - 2012 AD -...

Commitment

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Until one is comm...

Mentally Exhausted

I’m not particularly stressed, I’m not particularly overwhelmed. I’m not even mad, but for the past week I have jus...

Dishonest Truths

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the lig...

Obsession x Voice

Find your obsession. Every day, explain it to one person you respect. Edit everything, skip shortcuts, and try ...

Saying Hello

Saying Hello while passing in the hallway is a pleasantry; saying "Hello" online is an invitation to connect and build something together.

One Sip is All it Takes

There is nothing quite like the sound of a ceramic mug when it first touches down on a table, full of steaming, hot l...

Decision Fatigue

Decision fatigue is real talk when it comes to the web. – Joshua Blankenship, Some Thoughts on Web Content Strateg...

New Year, New Approach

New Year’s Eve is meant to be a time to connect with friends and family. Not so for me. I have been at home cleaning ...

2012

Renewal

Every now and then, I feel the need to expand on my level of knowledge or experiences to create a change in myself,...

Skyfall- A Play with Shadows

Let the sky fall, when it crumbles We will stand tall And face it all together At SkyfallWhen Adele’s smokey voi...

Conversations

Conversations today: banal generalities that lack depth.I find there is a loss of meaningful conversations in a sea o...

3 Years Ago

It was three years ago that I put in my notice at my employer. A reflection piece.

A Sailor Jerry Night

Long lit up tonight and still drinking Don’t we have anything to live for? Well of course we do But till they co...

Bad Memories

But what’s a memory worth if it only breaks your heart? If it doesn’t make you smile or give you butterflies, if it...

A Case of Mistaken Identity

Material from earlier theatre can be brought into a production in the same way as personal material is brought in. Ju...

iPad for Work

It is not a sacrifice to use the iPad as a primary device. – Shawn Blanc, Why the iPad is My New LaptopShawn write...

Changing My Workflow

A productive workflow is important to us all, but it is imperative for me considering how precious my free time is du...

I Lived to Tweet the Tale

If you have been paying attention to my Twitter feed you may have noticed some cryptic messages been shown between 10...

Aligning with My Needs

The more features you add to a product, the more it dilutes the core reason for a product’s existence and confuses ...

Knowledge Is Action

Regardless of how much knowledge you might acquire, you are still ignorant without action- You would be neither sch...

An Invitation to the Future

The popular image of the visionary is someone with a clear view of the future, but empirically it may be better to ...

2011

Merlin Mann - Scared Shitless

You can be scared and still do it anyway. Regardless of whatever it is. – Merlin MannMerlin Mann gave a talk at We...

Don't Move, Improve

Success will come only to those who are willing to have a little blind faith–in themselves, in their art, and in th...

2010

Pausing to Read - Site Design

Instapaper does point to a clear flaw in newspaper and magazine website design: The reading experience is rarely, i...

Digital Sabbatical

 It was all just starting to feel too much like an eating disorder or like academic mania — being preoccupied with ...

2005

The SHIELD

“It's probably one of the greatest shows on television right now, if not ever, and there's not much being said about it.”