When opportunity knocks; a follow-up

In case you didn't see it on our website or read about it via email or Twitter... Yesterday we announced this. Yes, Subvert is shutting down. Well, not so much shutting down, but we're, hmmm, dimming the lights. The company will still be open for business and we'll still support…

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Don't accept business advice from just anyone

Just like you shouldn't take cooking advice from a skinny chef, you probably shouldn't accept business advice from someone who has never run their own business. A number of years ago, I went to the bank to obtain an operating line of credit. Upon showing up for my appointment, I…

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Avoiding Amazon and buying local

I don't buy much non-essential stuff—that is, everything that isn't groceries, medicine or clothing (okay, and fuel)—online, but when I do, I try NOT to purchase from Amazon. One of their warehouses is below. Instead, I try to buy from tiny e-commerce websites or better yet,…

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Apps may not be as important as you think

Even after being on the market for more than four years and making a lot of progress with both the quality and quantity of apps in its store, Microsoft routinely still gets lambasted for not having enough Windows Phone apps. Or the right apps. Or this app that I simply…

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Finding flow through solo sports

I first learned about Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's flow more than twenty years ago in university (or to be more accurate, 1993; ancient history). Lately I've found myself actively seeking that state as a means of stress release and emotional reset. Csikszentmihalyi stated flow is an absorbed state in which people are…

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A single place for all of my stuff

I haven't written a blog post here since November 2014. Life just sorta got in the way I guess. Having said that, it wasn't like I didn't think about my blog. No, the opposite is actually true. It's been a long, slow road, but I finally did something I've been…

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Finding the best mouse for big hands

My hand span (as pictured below is something that you measure from the outside tip of your thumb to the outside tip of your little finger) is about 22 cm or 8.7 inches. Not especially huge, but big enough to make it difficult to find a mouse that adequately…

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Flanders (Vlanderen) desktop wallpaper

It's March and that means road cycling's spring classics are in full effect. I love watching the Giro and Tour as much as the next roadie nerd, but the spring classics truly have my heart. From Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and Tour of Flanders to Paris-Roubaix, for me, these…

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A big guy's review of the 2012/13 Lib Tech Skunk Ape

I've mainly ridden the same snowboard since 2001, an Option Supercharger 174. As far as boards go, this one is big, stiff and built like a tank. Hence, why I've owned it for 13 years. I've ridden (and crashed) it all over Alberta, BC, Alaska and Yukon, and the Supercharger…

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A day in the life (of me)

I subscribe to a neat magazine called Offscreen. Inside is a regular feature titled A Day in the Life in which people lay out their typical day, about hour by hour. Most of the interviewees are younger than me and very few have kids, so I find their stories interesting.…

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