Amazon Prime Day Deals – Canada

I bit the bullet this year and signed up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the free shipping through the year, plus the lower prices on some items. I had toyed with it since it became available in Canada and wasn’t sure if it would actually be worthwhile for me or not. After adding up how much I spent on shipping alone the past year, it turns out I should have gotten on board long ago. Read More

The Prodigy’s ‘Fat of the Land’ Turns 20

I believe everyone goes through their teenage years exploring the multiple facets of life until they have that one experience that makes them say, “This.”

“This” can mean many different things to people, but one of the more common ones is with music. They have their Beatles moment, their Doors moment, their Rolling Stones moment, that steers them in one direction of musical exploration. At least, until they have the next musical “This” moment to push them in a different way. Read More

IKEA Products on Amazon Canada and USA

Best news of the day for me comes via Jason Kottke: IKEA products are now available on and directly from Amazon. This means that some things are also available for Amazon Prime shipping to get your things within two days.

I thought maybe it would be the smaller household items, but there are some furniture items available too. Including my coffee table, and my daughter’s arm chair. You can also buy these fun kids’ plates there too. If you’re in the States, you can even buy the Swedish meatball sauce they use in the store. This is likely the equivalent of the McDonald’s sauces being available in Canada. Read More

Making That One Decision

An essential intent is both inspirational and concrete, both meaningful and measurable. Done right, an essential intent is one decision that settles one thousand later decisions. It’s like deciding you’re going to become a doctor instead of a lawyer. One strategic choice eliminates a universe of other options and maps a course for the next five, ten, or even twenty years of your life. Once the big decision is made, all subsequent decisions come into better focus. Read More

Late night discovery while going through old posts: according to the Ulysses app, it would take over a day to read everything I have written since 2005.1 Over 400,000 words so far with many more to come.

  • Not everything from before 2012 is on the blog. Working my way through the archives, slowly, to republish most of it.
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    Harry Styles

    When One Direction first came out, I did my best to avoid listening to them as much as possible. Of course, that was virtually impossible while listening to the radio. I think I succeeded, however, because I couldn’t even name one of the members. So when I first saw Harry Styles perform on Saturday Night Live, and then his first single, I was a bit surprised to discover he was actually a member of One Direction. Read More

    Smoke of the Incas

    A few months ago, my selection from BespokePost was titled Sanctuary. The main highlight of the box was a Turkish bath towel, that I thought would go well with the other Turkish bath towel I already had. Also included was a three-piece bathroom set made of concrete, which was something I lacked. The final item was something I was undecided about, but has quickly turned into a favourite of mine: palo santo incense sticks. Read More

    Kasugai Gardens: Sanctuary of Perception

    People travel for different reasons. Some travel for recreation, others to see new sights and meet new people, still others to get away from their jobs and homes, to loosen the festers that bind them to their everyday lives. The problem with modern travel is that we often take our everyday lives with us, in every way that is possible to do so. What kind of clothes will I need? What items can’t I do without? What will I read or watch? How will I stay in touch with family and friends? Should I take my iPod, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, laptop? Read More