Surprise Paris Adventure

Prior to arriving in Ireland, Manon and I only had three things sorted. First, we knew that we would be flying into Dublin, second, we knew that we wanted to visit Bruges, and third, we knew that we’d be flying home from Amsterdam. All of the stuff that would happen between those three points in…

What Lies Below

Standing on the very edge of the Cliffs of Moher makes a lot of people uncomfortable. At least, that’s what I learned when Manon and I made our way there from Ennis.

Winter And Summer Should Never Meet

I am not a huge fan of air conditioning – at least not in the way that most people and businesses seem to use it. I don’t enjoy the need for a sweater or a pair of socks in the middle of the summer, and I’d rather sleep with the windows open than wrap myself…

Productivity Is A Future Dan Problem

After a mostly uneventful flight – save for a period of mild turbulence that left me feeling a wee bit woozier than I would have expected – Nic and I have safely landed in Vancouver. More accurately, we have landed, stuffed our faces with some delicious Lebanese food from Nuba, and made our way to…

The Five Year Plan

Time flies when you’re doing stuff. Apparently it was more than 7 years ago that I moved my mortgage from my previous lender (one of the Canadian big banks) to the trusted hands of my friend, Rob Campbell.

A Year In Pictures

Around this time of year, I typically download my top nine photos from Instagram. While the top nine don’t necessarily align as my favourite photos of the year, they are those that were liked the most often by people who follow my Instagram feed.

That Time My Kitchen Exploded

Some of you may recall that just over six years ago – the day before my 37th birthday – I came home to a flooded condo. To say that it was a mess would be an understatement, what with the waterfall I found pouring over my stairs and into my kitchen when I first opened…

December, Huh?

I don’t know why, but I still can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea that it’s December. I swear it was only September a few days ago. Alas, here we are with Santa set to make his annual appearance in a little less than three weeks.

Five Figure Victory

Something happened earlier this month that I think is worthy of celebrating.  Unfortunately, I completely missed it until now. And for someone who loves numbers and spreadsheets, it’s rather amazing that this slipped my notice.

Choppin’ Broccoli

Earlier this week, Nic, Josh, and I sauntered our way to Gordon Food Service to take part in the Milton chapter of Soup Sisters. There we joined a small army to spend the eve making four different types of soup for various local charitable organizations.


For whatever reason, today was one of those days where I felt completely useless – as if nothing was coming together and the seemingly simple was hella complicated. And it wasn’t just that I couldn’t do simple things – such as form thoughts and find words – the entire day seemed heavier than it should…


In slightly more than 80 days I will begin my first sabbatical since becoming a faculty member in the School of Computer Science. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement.

I Miss My Breakfast Doughnut

And just like that my adventure to New York City with Steph and Gerarda has come to an end. After a weekend of eating all the things, and drinking all the drinks, I’m back home in Guelph going through some serious 15th friendiversary withdrawal.


As I mentioned just over a month ago, my life is and continues to be weird in all the best ways. As demonstrable of this weirdness, I offered you a story about how I helped save Batman. NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA BATMAN!!! Yes, that Batman.