We need a bike lane on Agricola

This is the letter I sent to Halifax's Active Transportation Advisory Committee earlier today. To the members of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee, Today you will have the chance to make a profound change in the way this city operates. In order to respect the wishes of our citizens and…

8000km

8000km. As of next Friday, that's how far I'll have driven since August 22nd. I purchased a car in September in order to make a number of trips around the maritimes, and stuck reasonably well to my vow to continue commuting by bike. There are no good car rental options…

Refinishing my bed frame

When I first moved in to a place of my "own" (rented with roommates), my parents were kind enough to purchase a mattress and box spring, figuring that getting a good quality mattress would pay dividends in terms of health and well-being. This mattress was purchased during a promotion that…

A different way of visualizing SQL databases

A friend asked me this weekend to help him understand SQL databases for a course in which he's enrolled. The general structure of a relational database seemed straightforward to him - creating a new row for each entry, linking one-to-one relationships directly, and creating a gerund for one-to-many and many-to-many…

The best chicken wings ever

Occasionally I test my chops by not writing about engineering, student life, or politics, though one could argue that this post is about student life. Tonight I managed to make the most delicious chicken wings to have ever entered my mouth. Now, I'm sure there's at least one person out…

Playing with mom’s camera

My next purchase (after a kettle for brewing) will be an SLR camera. I'm going to get a used rig, likely a Nikon due to a long-standing admiration of their products, and then build a lens collection on top of the initial buy. Since I can't get that now, as…