May 1, 2011 · Writing

IE’s future (and why is Silverlight still around?)

Why did Silverlight, a closed and proprietary technology, get almost as much attention to the IE team’s new commitments to openness and web standards?

April 22, 2011 · Writing

MIX: the talks

JavaScript’s future; what Lord of the Rings has to do with design, and more

April 20, 2011 · Writing

MIX: the conference

The lineups moved, the wifi worked, and the keynotes were well-lit.

January 28, 2010 · Writing

Democamp 25 in pictures

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook.

December 17, 2009 · Writing

Hohoto 3.0: The one year anniversary edition

One year ago, Toronto’s Twitter crowd came together to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Yesterday: a third edition.

November 17, 2009 · Writing

A foggy night in Toronto

Bonus: a run-in with the police’s morality squad.

November 4, 2009 · Writing

A few things I learned at the Macallan Scotch tasting

Satan, unusual pairings, and iceball-making devices.

October 30, 2009 · Writing

Halloween Team Fortress 2

October 26, 2009 · Writing

Treasures from the Trinity College Book Sale

A journey through time courtesy of one of Canada’s best book sales.

October 22, 2009 · Writing


A real unconference, for a change.

October 7, 2009 · Writing

Richard Dawkins romps through Toronto

Everyone’s favourite atheist has a book out this fall and he’s on the road to promote it.

August 7, 2009 · Writing

Venturing into Ontario’s Badlands

Yes, it might look more like Colorado, but these photos were taken in Ontario’s “Cheltenham Badlands”

August 3, 2009 · Writing

My fiancée gets married

July 30, 2009 · Writing

Doing it in the open: Michael Nielsen at Science 2.0

How online tools are changing scientific discovery.

July 29, 2009 · Writing

DemoCamp21: Evil Lair edition

Toronto’s favourite tech show-and-tell was back for another iteration but instead of being held in one of the quirkiest bars in Toronto, it took place in the basement of the Rogers Headquarters.

July 28, 2009 · Writing

Damian Conway on Aikido, Star Trek, and Perl

And Danish mind control, Greek mythology, periodic tables, the garbage strike, …

July 22, 2009 · Writing

FutureRuby Day 2: the highlights

Programming life, making noise, surviving robo blimps, and subsidizing the vodka industry

July 15, 2009 · Writing

FutureRuby, Day 1: biology hacking and rooftop partying

There ain’t no party like an Unspace party

July 12, 2009 · Writing

Sailing to FailCamp

Yacht club eh? How cool would it be to actually arrive on private vessel?

May 25, 2009 · Writing

A weekend of gallivanting around Toronto: Doors Open 2009

It was that time of year again — buildings all over the city opened up to the public as part of Doors Open Toronto.

April 9, 2009 · Writing

Scenes from Mesh09

Seeing as I’m too wiped to write anything coherent, I’ll just post photos.

February 24, 2009 · Writing

How to run a code sprint*

*this post only offers hints

December 2, 2008 · Writing

Malcolm Gladwell packs Con Hall

Malcolm Gladwell was back in his old stomping grounds tonight to promote his third book, Outliers: The Story of Success.

November 4, 2008 · Writing

PZ Myers preaches to the choir

PZ Myers, a “godless liberal” and one of the Internet’s most popular bloggers was in Toronto on Halloween to talk about “Science Education: caught in the middle of the war between science and religion.”

October 3, 2008 · Writing

My take on Citizen Lab

Citizen Lab has been covered by pretty much every publication out there. Not much of a surprise — hackers battling internet censorship makes for a pretty exciting story. However, in spite of the heroification of these “net commandos”, there’s rarely a focus on the role that North America plays in all of it.