Should you buy Bitcoin? (December 9, 2017)

“Should I buy Bitcoin?” This is a question I’ve heard a lot the past few weeks, so I’d like to quickly answer it in a public forum. My official answer is: “You should spend no more on Bitcoin than you’d be comforta (more...)

Capitalism only works if there is competition (December 8, 2017)

Everything I’m going to write here seems painfully obvious to me, but apparently is not well known. I’ve read many recent articles and comments that seem to herald “free market capitalism” as the answer to every problem in soc (more...)

When did software go off the rails? (August 16, 2017)

As CTO of The Rumie Initiative, I spend a decent amount of time trying to find tech solutions that offer “the most for the least” in terms of computing power vs. cost.

There is one thing that has baffled me in my long career in tech

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Fear, or Hope? (May 7, 2017)

It’s Sunday, May 7th, 2017, in the evening. In less than 48 hours, we’ll have a good idea of how the 2017 BC Election is turning out. A mere two months ago, I was nominated to represent the BC Green Party in the BC NDP stronghold of Port (more...)

'Jobs' is the wrong metric (February 10, 2017)

There’s an old business saying: “What gets measured gets done.” Politicians love to talk about jobs. Even better, how they are “creating” jobs. But is “number of jobs created” really a good metric to be tracking and optimizing for? Short answer: No. (more...)

Trudeau: Implement PR, or prepare to lose (January 23, 2017)

This is an open letter to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. January 23rd, 2017 Dear Justin, You seem like a cool guy. We don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll get straight to the point. In 2015, you made a very specific promise ( (more...)

Foreign expressions (January 21, 2017)

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few interesting expressions from places I’ve lived that I’ve incorporated into my everyday conversation :) People are often confused, so here are the explanations. Texas / Atlanta / The South“Y (more...)

Leave Canada's oil in the ground (for now) (December 5, 2016)

Recently, the Canadian federal government approved a pipeline expansion project that adds a second pipeline along an existing route from Edmonton, AB to Burnaby, BC. Here’s the map:

The pipeline has its own marketing site, touting the benefits

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How to win an election in 2016 (November 9, 2016)

This was the first time I’ve ever bet real money on an election. And I won. Even I’m a bit surprised. But only a bit. In mid-October, I posted “Why Trump Could Still Win” at a time when major news outlets said that a Trump win (more...)

Why Trump Could Still Win (October 17, 2016)

My original title for this post was “Why Trump Will Win.” Since then, nearly every major media outlet in the world says that a Trump win is a statistical impossibility. October 17th prediction from fivethirtyeight.com We’ll see. I&r (more...)