Sameer Vasta

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2019-08-21: Is @Blot down? Can’t load my Blot-powered site (or even the blot.im homepage) this morning. …

2018-06-24: Pretty happy with this weekend’s strawberry haul. 🍓 Now, to start hulling and jamming.

2018-06-24: Went to see Come From Away this evening and I was blown away. Beautiful writing, phenomenal music, …

2018-06-22: Rebecca Solnit captures our political climate perfectly when she says that ‘not caring’ is a …

2018-06-22: The video for Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight” (a stunning piece of instrumental music) …

2018-06-22: I’ve found it hard to describe just why I loved Coco so much, why it is my favorite movie I have …

2018-06-21: Absolutely loved this: a Garfield fancomic considering the life of Jon Arbuckle, cartoonist.

2018-06-21: My wife had a bout of shingles last year and it was pretty horrible. I didn’t realize how …

2018-06-21: In case you missed it, a couple of days ago I celebrated twenty years of blogging. Time flies so …

2018-06-21: As someone who works in public service renewal and digital talent, this explains a large part of …

2018-06-20: A well-argued piece on why today’s culture of masculinity is stifling, toxic, misogynistic, and bad …

2018-06-19: Sayaka Murata’s Love Letter to a Convenience Store is one of the strangest things I’ve ever read, …

2018-06-19: Two decades of blogging.

2018-06-19: In the New Yorker, an interesting reflection on “bullshit” jobs. I tell myself my work is useful and …

2018-06-18: I’ve been noticing that many of the books on my to-read list looked vaguely similar. LitHub has …

2018-06-18: Absolutely love this list of 15 powerful women shaping how we eat in America today.

2018-06-18: There are many reasons to love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but the way it portrays Amy Santiago is a major …

2018-06-15: Yesterday, the World Cup finals began. It is my favorite sporting tournament; it is the world’s …

2018-06-15: There are many reasons to be scared of the effects of climate change, but the arrival of a global …

2018-06-13: A few weeks ago, we made reservations to go to Grey Gardens tonight; in a timely coincidence, my …

2018-06-13: Oysters and octopus and squid and cava for lunch. Perfect. 👌🏾

2018-06-13: This post by Mike Monteiro on suicide is one of the most important things I’ve read on the topic in …

2018-06-12: An open, honest, beautiful, and important call-to-action from @patrickrhone: we need you. Well worth …

2018-06-12: Spent the day working from the patio table, staring at this lovely view. Now that the work day is …

2018-06-11: Something I’ve been struggling with recently: ever since I deactivated my Twitter account, I don’t …

2018-06-11: How do we break our hardwiring and be kinder to ourselves? “We’ve evolved to give more weight to …

2018-06-11: It’s Micro Monday! Today, you should follow @jw, who not only is one of the nicest people …

2018-06-11: The only residential home Zaha Hadid (one of my favorite architects) ever completed is in the middle …

2018-06-11: Do you wear glasses? If you do, chances are your spectacles were made by one of two companies—two …

2018-06-10: If you listen to any podcasts at all, you’ve probably heard of the Mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder. …

2018-06-10: Today we went to a brewery, a winery, watched West Side Story, and had delicious meals and wonderful …

2018-06-09: Remembering Bourdain: “Bourdain and Spade brought joy and light and brilliance; we didn’t see the …

2018-06-09: Spent the evening eating halloumi (with pistachio, pomegranate, and mint) and grapefruit olive oil …

2018-06-08: It’s sobering to realize that almost a third of the people who live in your neighborhood don’t …

2018-06-07: Because I know people here love fountain pens, there’s a new audio documentary on the CBC about a …

2018-06-07: Today is Election Day in Ontario. I can’t say much about the electoral landscape because of my role …

2018-06-04: Allergy to raw tomatoes has worsened; now I can’t even eat cooked tomatoes without my body revolting …

2018-06-04: The ability to travel, and to have the papers necessary to travel, is something I often take for …

2018-06-04: Only thing I care about from WWDC today is some kind of system-wide Workflow integration. Somebody …

2018-06-04: One of the main reasons I’m not watching the NFL anymore: By introducing a policy that censors …

2018-06-04: It’s Micro Monday time! Today, you should check out @tibz, who shares beautiful snippets of life and …

2018-06-03: Today we spent the day eating quiche on a patio, visiting heritage homes and learning about the …

2018-06-03: Another short, but beautiful passage from Claire Vaye Watkins’s reflection on the hot springs in …

2018-06-03: A beautiful passage from Claire Vaye Watkins’s reflection on the hot springs in Death Valley: How …

2018-06-03: Alexis Madrigal ruminates on why no one answers their phone anymore: When you called someone, if …

2018-06-02: Went for a walk in The Coves earlier this afternoon and saw some gorgeous irises growing in the …

2018-06-01: I don’t talk about it much, but I’m on the board of a non-profit social change agency that is doing …

2018-06-01: So I guess tomorrow we’ll all be talking about JR Smith instead of Karthik Nemmani? Sigh. 🏀

2018-05-31: Completely here for Faye and Bubbles.

2018-05-29: Photos can not truly capture the beauty of the full moon tonight, so I‘ll just tell you that I got …

2018-05-29: One of the best decisions I made was to force myself to take a lunch break every single work day, …

2018-05-28: Hey, it’s Micro Monday! You’re probably already following @kitt, but if not, now’s the time to do …

2018-05-28: As a lover of the postal service and it’s history, I’ve long been interested in the idea of postal …

2018-05-27: The temperatures hit 90° this weekend; we were very glad to have a backyard pool. We spent the past …

2018-05-26: A convincing argument that our devices, algorithms, and gadgets are the effects, not the causes of …

2018-05-26: Spot on: One of the reasons Queer Eye feels like comfort food is that it clips the heels of …

2018-05-25: A fun, and critical, rebranding of anthropology textbooks: Why is there always images of …

2018-05-25: In this fortnight’s weekend reading post, I share a little story from RightsCon last week, and share …

2018-05-24: I mean, not to brag or anything, but the dinner I made this evening—enjoyed poolside, on the patio, …

2018-05-24: Holiday long weekends are great when you’re in them, but when it’s the Thursday of a …

2018-05-23: One of the things I’ve been most impressed with in Apple’s new take on the App Store has been the …

2018-05-21: Went fishing for the first time in my life this morning. Left just before sunrise, hopped on a boat …

2018-05-21: Monday is coming to a close, but before it does, I wanted to share my Micro Monday recommendation: …

2018-05-20: Visiting family in Essex County this weekend. Yesterday, we visited distilleries, wineries, …

2018-05-19: I’m part of a mixtape club called The Mixtape Concern and this month’s prompt was to create our …

2018-05-18: Has anyone had the chance to check out Cappuccino, the new RSS reader from the folks behind Airmail, …

2018-05-17: Something I need to get better at remembering: “Stressless cooking is not always about ‘easy,’ but …

2018-05-15: If you’re going to be at RightsCon this year, please do come say hello. I’m hosting a panel on what …

2018-05-14: “Has it occurred to you that nobody talks about sellouts anymore?” A fascinating, well sourced and …

2018-05-14: “Kyrie has also been nicknamed the ‘Flat Mamba’ (平曼巴) because of his stated belief that the earth is …

2018-05-13: Despite not feeling so great all day, I still managed to enjoy our glorious dinner of fresh …

2018-05-13: Have I mentioned before that I’m allergic to raw tomatoes even though I absolutely adore eating …

2018-05-12: The Raptors fired Dwane Casey this past week, despite him being one of the best coaches we’ve had in …

2018-05-12: Found some ramps, some fiddleheads, and some shogun maitake mushrooms at the market today, so I’m …

2018-05-11: My latent anxiety levels have been very high over the past four days—as someone who suffers from …

2018-05-11: On digital utopias and invisible labor, by Audrey Watters: “If digital utopia doesn’t see our …

2018-05-11: The tulips in the front yard are in full bloom and the magnolia tree is a big puff of pink, so it’s …

2018-05-10: Having troubles with my blog today. Anything I try to publish comes out as “undefined.” Just me? Or …

2018-05-08: My friend (and a local city councillor) Jesse Helmer recently shared a long business case for …

2018-05-07: I was slow to hop on the Micro Monday bandwagon, but now’s a good time to start. For my first …

2018-05-07: Re-thinking how I do my /now page and how it can be more useful and valuable. Maybe I should just …

2018-05-06: Spent the week eating our way through Vancouver Magazine’s best restaurants list. Our highlights: …

2018-05-05: I’ve had a few omakase dinners in my life, but last night’s nigiri omakase at Masayoshi has to be …

2018-05-04: Google Maps needs to add a “I enjoy casual strolls and tend to amble and stop to observe things and …

2018-05-03: There are many reasons I love my job, but talking about diversity and representation with people who …

2018-05-03: Decided to take my own advice and spent a few hours strolling through fields of tulips yesterday.

2018-05-02: Having one of those days where everything is broken: can’t log into any web services, locked …

2018-04-30: Just to let you all know: Janelle Monae #DirtyComputer tour tickets are now on sale. Yes, I already …

2018-04-30: As someone who barely owned anything at all when he was single, this XKCD comic is so much more …

2018-04-30: As someone who does almost all his writing in Drafts, I still find it quite frustrating that …

2018-04-29: One of my favorite parts of our regular visits to North Vancouver has to be our almost-daily hikes …

2018-04-29: Fascinating, and definitely something I’ve never thought of before: why men don’t wear dresses.

2018-04-28: Just landed in Vancouver. Will be spending the week at the base of Grouse Mountain, enjoying the …

2018-04-28: Here’s what I did over the past few weeks while I was away: - shave off my beard - buy shirts with …

2018-04-27: /me waves hello and thinks he’ll come back in a day or two. He misses you all.

2018-04-09: Just logged into Skype for the first time in over two years and realized I have no clue how to use …

2018-04-08: Home, sleeping in my own bed, and not going anywhere for a little while; been a long couple of weeks …

2018-04-07: There are many things to happy about today, but the most important thing to be thankful for right …

2018-04-05: After two weeks away for work and seriously missing home (and also absolutely exhausted), I landed …

2018-04-05: New goal: fewer meetings in boardrooms, more meetings in gondolas and outside on mountaintops.

2018-04-04: Incredibly thankful for many things and many people today. Will write more about that soon, but for …

2018-04-03: There are few things as magical as watching the sun set behind the mountains. Wish I didn’t have to …

2018-04-02: sunrise at the airport terminal tired eyes widening as golden light begins to creep through the …

2018-04-01: Picked up a copy of Reza Aslan’s Zealot to read this weekend—figured it was appropriate for …

2018-03-31: Included this little cartoon in my most recent “weekend reading” post because it’s a good reminder …

2018-03-31: That feeling of panic when you can’t find your housekeys anywhere and you’ve retraced …

2018-03-31: Lots of talk about that Wired article on RSS recently; curious if it’s worth re-exploring my …

2018-03-30: The new renovations to the NAC are really nice. Happy to have been able to spend two full days in …

2018-03-30: “If we want to see a change in the diversity of our companies, we have to start including …

2018-03-29: The transition from “young and excited public servant” to “middle-career public …

2018-03-28: At the Policy Community Conference today to host a salon series talking about some timely issues: …

2018-03-27: 📚🎞 I take notes when I read books and watch movies. Sometimes, I share those notes, my collected …

2018-03-25: This piece by Ijeoma Oluo is one of the best and realest pieces I’ve read about white …

2018-03-24: Young people are truly going to change the world. So inspired and thankful to be here to join and …

2018-03-23: Pretty sure Lee Unkrich delved into my soul, found things that tug at my heartstrings most—my …

2018-03-22: The recent episode of Still Processing on “aunties” is just so great. Loved it. Thank …

2018-03-22: Slowly emerging from this morning’s fog; thanks to everyone for their kindness. Will still likely be …

2018-03-22: Just an FYI: had a moderate-to-severe panic attack some hours ago and it will take me a good part of …

2018-03-21: This entire piece, on the harms of Facebook, by Matthew Yglesias is scathing, but this passage in …

2018-03-21: “The greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of …

2018-03-20: Had a dream last night that I worked in a restaurant named “The Glass Poutinerie,” next door to a …

2018-03-19: For ten years, I maintained a Tumblr where I posted thoughts, links, quotations, photos, and other …

2018-03-18: Opened Slack for work and felt a pang of longing for Game Neverending, which then made me long for …

2018-03-18: Love this idea of “assimilation” food, of in-between food. And especially love this characterization …

2018-03-17: Hearing Carey Mulligan scream, “where the f/*/*k is Boca Raton,” is my television highlight of the …

2018-03-17: I never thought that a Buzzfeed quiz would get me (and my CRJ fandom) so well, but here we are.

2018-03-17: Grandma has been in the hospital for two weeks now, and I finally got to spend a good few hours with …

2018-03-16: My weekend reading list this week starts with a rumination on exhaustion, and ends with a call to …

2018-03-15: “Prince isn’t about competition. Prince is about uniting people, making enough music that …

2018-03-15: “If we hoard and hide what we love, we can still lose it. Only then, we are alone in loss.” I love …

2018-03-15: The idea of “tender masculinity” is a beautiful one—I’d love to see more depictions of this kind of …

2018-03-14: Stephen Hawking may have changed the world with his science, but he changed my life by helping me …

2018-03-13: There are many wonderful lessons and nuggets of wisdom in this post by Sara Hendren, but this quote …

2018-03-12: 🍷 Just re-cataloged our wine collection and realized that 50%+ of our bottles come from just four …

2018-03-11: At the airport, ready to head home after a wonderful weekend full of art, exploration, and endless …

2018-03-07: 🎧 Searching for a home after hate The most recent episode of Code Switch, about Sunayana Dumala, absolutely wrecked me. Well worth a …

2018-03-06: From Why Trying New Things Is So Hard to Do: Experimentation is an act of humility, an …

2018-03-06: This quotation from Tears We Cannot Stop stopped me in my tracks: “The police car is a mobile …

2018-03-06: 📚 Books I read in February The Refugees: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Skim: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pachinko: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sex Object: ⭐⭐⭐ I’m Judging You: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Little Fires …

2018-03-05: Hanging out on micro.blog this morning has made me want to get an AlphaSmart, even though I …

2018-03-04: Been drinking this wild rose moonlight white tea all weekend and it has brought me immense joy and …

2018-03-04: I’m pretty passionate about electoral reform, so this past Friday night, I participated in the …

2018-03-04: 📚 Last month, in recognition and celebration of Black History Month, I posted a book recommendation …

2018-03-02: Have decided to do all my work in front of the fireplace today. The crackling of the wood and the …

2018-03-02: Got my new calling cards today, and I’m smitten. (The paper stock and weight, and the …

2018-02-27: The amazing people at the Young Women’s Leadership Network are launching a Sexual Violence Support …

2018-02-27: Got a pretty sweet postcard in the mail yesterday. Thanks, @jw!

2018-02-23: The first song I listened to on my 36th birthday was Janelle Monáe’s “Make Me Feel” so I know this …

2018-02-22: Going to consider this music video my early birthday gift from Janelle Monae and no present this …

2018-02-22: This piece on anxiety and how it defines our lives (negatively and positively) by Samir Chopra is …

2018-02-20: Really hope that the sequel to Alto’s Adventure has the “zen mode” from the …

2018-02-19: Just unsubscribed from all 324 podcasts I was trying to keep on top of every day; starting with a …

2018-02-19: Completely forgot it was my birthday next week; only remembered a few minutes ago as I was updating …

2018-02-19: No matter how many times I see the Rivera murals at the DIA, they still take my breath away every …

2018-02-15: Happy to announce that Black Panther lived up to my incredibly high expectations.

2018-02-13: Just watched the mixed doubles curling gold medal game with a bunch of strangers at the station …

2018-02-12: About seven minutes until I get a juice box and some cookies.

2018-02-12: The Kehinde Wiley official portrait of President Obama is absolutely stunning and positively …

2018-02-11: The highlight of my upcoming week ahead is clearly going to be watching Black Panther, right?

2018-02-10: Last night, we enjoyed a pre-Valentine’s cooking (and wine pairing) class. It was a perfect …

2018-02-09: The soundtrack for the upcoming Black Panther movie just dropped on Spotify, so you know what …

2018-02-08: You like Brazilian music?

2018-02-06: Just learned that I’m getting a computer from work, because there are certain things that …

2018-02-04: Another week, another update to my /now page.

2018-02-03: I haven’t been able to keep any food or fluids down for the past 36 hours, and it feels like a boxer …

2018-02-01: The woman sitting beside me on the train this morning is smiling widely, for no apparent reason; …

2018-01-30: Spent the past two weeks reviewing about 400 resumes and phone screening over 30 people for one open …

2018-01-24: Always on. Spent the past three days teaching an executive education class on transformation and change in the …

2018-01-21: A somewhat cerebral—and food-filled, of course—week ahead.

2018-01-14: Fun week ahead.

2017-12-20: Looks like Tina is looking for someone to create micro.blog. :)

2017-12-13: Today I got metric-system-shamed by my father.

2017-12-03: L’s birthday weekend in Montreal has been lovely so far.

2017-12-01: The kind of sunrise that reminds you to be grateful; carefully, slowly creeping above the horizon in …

2017-11-22: Snow-globe-like snowfall outside the window this afternoon. Serene, calming.

2017-11-17: Micro.blog photo challenge, day seven: visiting my parents’ home at sunset, a collection of shadows …

2017-11-17: The people behind the amazing Atlas Obscura have launched Gastro Obscura, the “definitive guide to …

2017-11-16: Micro.blog photo challenge, day six: autumn is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but one is …

2017-11-15: Every Apple You Eat Took Years and Years to Make: As a huge fan (and a bit of a connoisseur) of …

2017-11-15: Micro.blog photo challenge, day five: my water bottle goes with me everywhere I go, so I can have my …

2017-11-14: Micro.blog photo challenge, day four: an up close look at the art in the graphic novel that I’m …

2017-11-13: Micro.blog photo challenge, day three: I love strolling around the city; when possible, I walk to my …

2017-11-13: Micro.blog photo challenge: day three: I love taking strolls around the city; when possible, I walk …

2017-11-12: This is gorgeous: “Certain kinds of dark allow us to be more at home with silence. An upped intimacy …

2017-11-12: Micro.blog photo challenge, day two: enjoying some tasty, local Concord grapes, and then making a …

2017-11-12: This is an incredible piece: The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future. “Second Life was supposed to …

2017-11-11: It’s long, but very worth reading: how to hire fake friends and family. “In Japan, you can pay …

2017-11-11: Micro.blog photo challenge, day one: squares. Coasters and a cat toy on our coffee table.

2017-11-07: Can’t seem to shake this overwhelming feeling of despair, today. Tomorrow will be a better day.

2017-10-28: That video of the super smart kid in the airplane cockpit that went viral a little while ago? Etihad …

2017-10-26: Sad to hear of the passing of Fats Domino; his music was a large part of my childhood. This is a …

2017-10-22: Less than 24 hours into our short DC trip and I’ve already eaten at Del Campo + A Baked Joint, …

2017-10-20: Never expected a Burger King ad about bullying to bring me to tears, but here we are.

2017-10-16: Staying in an AirBnB on the 31st floor of a downtown Toronto highrise tonight. The pre-sunset view …

2017-10-16: I have forgotten how to write: “I have become used to dancing with the words of others; I have …

2017-10-15: True. Also, sadly, long gone: “There was a time where Twitter was a place you went to fuck around, …

2017-10-15: Reading: “If your defense of women only exists in empty words, lofty hypotheticals—if you feel in …

2017-10-15: Reading: “What are we turning a blind eye to, in all aspects of our lives? What else have we …

2017-10-15: Reading: “To express sympathy for bureaucrats is not to condone the system of public assistance they …

2017-10-14: Going apple-picking is a yearly tradition for Lise and I. Today, we visited Great Lakes Farms and …

2017-10-12: Coming home from the west coast with all the essentials: coffee beans, bagels, granola, and wine.

2017-10-11: The UBC Museum of Anthropology has to be one of my favorite places in all of Vancouver.

2017-10-11: On a short trip to the other side of the country right now, so I’ve been using ‘jet lag’ as my …

2017-10-11: If I may be allowed to covet for a moment: this history of hip-hop mapped out to the circuit diagram …

2017-10-05: This story, about the inspiration for Pixar’s Luxo Jr, is about more than an animated lamp: …

2017-10-05: Reading: “People tell me to stop making things about race all of the time. But when you are not …

2017-10-05: Reading: “I would not call the world of Blade Runner strange, because it’s the opposite of strange. …

2017-10-05: 🌅🛫 Earlier this morning: sunrise on the runway.

2017-10-02: Good advice for any writer: “Write whatever the hell you want. Write until your eyes cross and you …

2017-10-02: All of the winning photos in Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2017 Underwater Photo Contest are …

2017-10-02: Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying a Gun in the United States

2017-10-02: 📝 Reading: “Changing the rules to fit the situation is the exact opposite of principles, and the …

2017-10-02: I’ve been thinking about age in the workplace quite a bit recently, especially seeing as how I work …

2017-10-02: I don’t have a Facebook account, so I don’t full understand how it works these days, but …

2017-10-01: A beautiful video (and poem) about the city where I now live, and why I’m so happy to live here.

2017-09-30: Was also wonderful to spend the evening eating delicious grilled treats and laughing catching up …

2017-09-29: Reading: “In an interrupt culture, the ideas that win aren’t necessarily the best ideas, they’re …

2017-09-26: Reading: “The more we achieve in order to win the approval of others, the further we get from our …

2017-09-26: Hanging out with pensive cat this morning as I do some editing.

2017-09-25: ‘Short Trip’ by Alexander Perrin is beautiful, mesmerizing, and meditative. Play it again and again.

2017-09-25: I keep forgetting how much I enjoy this album. A perfect morning soundtrack as I answer emails and …

2017-09-24: Heartily agreed with this as I coughed and sneezed my way through the weekend, praying for the …

2017-09-22: There’s a certain charm in coming to something late, to discovering something wonderful decades …

2017-09-22: I’ve been remiss in my letter-writing recently. Need to catch up to my regular pace of …

2017-09-22: Reading: “By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks and requiring them to race …

2017-09-21: Harsh, but true: “Add another contradiction to Toronto’s growing list: it must be the best-run city …

2017-09-19: This is amazing: The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The …

2017-09-19: The bad news is that I’ve been teetering on the edge of relapse for a few months now and I think …

2017-09-16: Reading: “Every day, women across the country consider the risks. That is our day job and our night …

2017-09-15: Spent some time talking to Cleo about Cassini and the Saturn mission this morning, and she was …

2017-09-15: Reading: “There’s an unfair burden placed on people who experience oppression and discrimination to …

2017-09-15: As a huge fan of Jeopardy!, this look at how the Jeopardy! writers room comes up with all of those …

2017-09-13: This profile on Jemele Hill and the future of ESPN by Bryan Curtis is fantastic, and comes at the …

2017-09-13: Reading: “The truth hurts white people. Colin Kaepernick has hurt white people, and that is why it’s …

2017-09-11: Reading: “I make things for the same reasons babies put things in their mouths: to better understand …

2017-09-11: Things to do when you are missing Portugal: open a few cans of Portuguese tinned fish, enjoy with a …

2017-09-07: Reading: “Social mania may be ideal for mainlining breaking news, but it’s not great at providing …

2017-09-07: Made me laugh, a lot.

2017-09-05: Fascinating: “Between 1990 and 2014, visits to public libraries grew by a whopping 181%. For …

2017-09-05: Reading: “Fall is good and great, and it will come in time. But September’s summer days are …

2017-09-04: Reading James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro was sobering and powerful. It will, without hyperbole, …

2017-09-04: The first two days of the Labour Day weekend have been marked by visits from many friends, delicious …

2017-09-02: Map of Europe with each country represented by one of it’s most recognizable pieces of art.

2017-09-02: The Tree Alphabet was made by Katie Holten and was used in her book, About Trees, which features …

2017-09-02: “Technically, illusions are my only skill.”

2017-09-01: Reading: “The reason why Hooters appeals to me so much is because by tailoring itself to …

2017-08-31: Recent photos of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Juno Probe, processed by Seán Doran and Gerald Eichstädt.

2017-08-31: Photographs of the ocean, by Brent Broza, that you’ll be surprised aren’t actually paintings.

2017-08-31: There are many bad things about chronic back pain, but the occasional flare-ups that keep you awake …

2017-08-31: Reading: “How do you think big when you’re supposed to not get in the way, not overshadow or …

2017-08-30: We usually buy our strawberries by the crate from the farm down the street; I hadn’t realized …

2017-08-30: Oddly captivating: a moving line graphs the motion of everyday objects.

2017-08-29: Reading: “Premium mediocrity is creating an aura of exclusivity without actually excluding anyone.”

2017-08-28: I’m not much of a kombucha drinker, but my wife really enjoys it, so I was glad to share this …

2017-08-28: Reading: “Cast iron balconies are at once bulky and intricate, their patterns tangled with flowers, …

2017-08-28: We ate very well this weekend (Hakka cuisine one night, schmaltz rice and Hainanese chicken another, …

2017-08-24: As a self-identified pedestrian at my core, this article was enlightening. “The more we embrace the …

2017-08-24: Reading: “Part of the problem is in the word ‘like,’ that little heart we tap ten thousand times a …

2017-08-22: Reading: “You are trying to push on a mountain, and you may only be able to move it an inch – but – …

2017-08-22: Reading: “Growing up, I knew there would be food on the table, in the fridge, a delicious, seemingly …

2017-08-22: Total eclipse of the sun, observed July 29, 1878, at Creston, Wyoming Territory. NYPL Digital …

2017-08-20: Sunny summer Sundays were meant for poolside gin & tonics, swimming in the pool, strolls in the …

2017-08-17: Sunshine and sundaes and smiles and surprises.

2017-08-16: If we talked about what happened in Charlottesville the same way we talk about events in a foreign …

2017-08-16: Reading: “Instead of ruthlessly abusing each weekday as if it is some blunt utilitarian instrument, …

2017-08-14: Reading: “The opioid epidemic could kill hundreds of thousands in the next decade. But America can …

2017-08-12: Meanwhile, in Canada… “There is no pride in saying ‘we are better than you,’ especially when we are …

2017-08-12: When my heart feels heavy, I find levity by writing letters to friends. This card, among others, is …

2017-08-11: “People find joy in so many different ways, and that joy, in whatever way it is found, should be …

2017-08-10: The story of the Duck Tales theme, history’s catchiest single minute of music. And now you’ll …

2017-08-07: Reading: “The worst thing as an urban dweller is to be stuck with the auto as your only option.”

2017-08-07: Reading: “Men are trash; we need to listen to women when they flame us w/ the truth about ourselves. …

2017-08-04: This evening, L and I decided to embrace our inner teenagers: we went bowling, ate fast food, …

2017-08-04: Wait: thousands of bags of Doritos washed ashore a decade ago and nobody called me when it happened? …

2017-08-04: It’s raining outside, so I figure it’s a good time to share The Pessimist’s …

2017-08-04: A short blog post about reading fifty books this year so far, and how I wish I could read much …

2017-08-04: Reading: “We are ancestors. We are descendants. And while we can’t fix the problems of the past in …

2017-08-04: July was a dry month; our lawn, like those of our neighbors, was tinged with beige no matter how …

2017-08-03: Reading: “Nostalgia, which fuels our resentment toward change, is a natural human impulse.”

2017-07-31: Reading: “By keeping your book in one location each time, you free yourself from the distractions of …

2017-07-31: You’ll find the West Loop near the edge of Springbank Park. It’s a modest walking trail …

2017-07-30: Reading: “For us to be fully effective as a humans, entertainment is a critical outlet, because …

2017-07-30: Friends from out of town came to visit today. We spent the day in the backyard, swimming in the …

2017-07-29: Reading: “Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only …

2017-07-28: Reading: The world needs to stop mindlessly fawning over Justin Trudeau.

2017-07-27: Sitting on the train, next to a family (a couple and their three kids) who are taking the train to …

2017-07-26: Reading: “Speaking up costs us friends, jobs, credibility and invisible opportunities we’ll never …

2017-07-25: There are few things that make me as happy as a perfect breakfast sandwich. This look at 17 …

2017-07-25: Is it possible to have a cat that is too cute? Because this one melts my heart, daily.

2017-07-24: My wife delivered a talk about HIV PrEP at a Pride Week special education session this evening; I …

2017-07-24: Reading: “Canadians haven’t been conditioned to see history in epic, revolutionary terms. For them, …

2017-07-22: Reading: “The primary experience of the adult human being continues to be rumination, with real life …

2017-07-22: Reading: “Life can disappear on us just like a cup of coffee consumed on autopilot.”

2017-07-20: Today I watched ‘The Big Sick’ and it hit pretty close to home: from an immigrant Muslim …

2017-07-20: Reading: “You can try to create around you a little bit of space that is all your own, a place …

2017-07-18: According to Goodreads, I’ve read 45 books so far this year. A quick breakdown: * 28/45 by …

2017-07-17: Jon Bois’ “17776” bills itself as episodic fiction about the future of football, but it’s …

2017-07-13: Can’t sleep, so I’m spending the night being productive by writing letters to friends, and …

2017-07-12: Reading: “Technological breakthroughs that make clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels would also …

2017-07-10: My backyard is filled with fireflies, their lights flickering on and off melodically—a type of …

2017-07-09: Thinking of migrating my blog from Squarespace over to blot.im, but have no clue how to create a …

2017-07-08: Things I learned this morning: don’t try to set up a new Sonos speaker while drinking coffee …

2017-07-07: “Heartbreak is Pedestrian, Even Though It Feels Profound”

2017-07-06: “In a soulmate we find not company, but a completed solitude.” -Robert Brault

2017-07-05: Love this: Letters and Liquor is an illustrated history (with stunning hand-lettering) of the most …

2017-07-04: Reading: “I find myself constantly reminding people that thinking is an activity too. Yet how much …

2017-07-03: A family member on my wife’s side breeds, raises, and trains falcons. This afternoon, we spent …

2017-07-02: Reading: “Procurement challenges show the need for continued focus on bringing more technical talent …

2017-07-01: Celebrated Canada Day by baking a strawberry summer cake. Now, off to see the fireworks with my …

2017-06-30: We used wavway to create an all-Canadian playlist for our drive from Toronto to London this evening …

2017-06-29: There a few senstations that will linger: the feel of cobblestone beneath my feet, the smell of …

2017-06-28: Off to the airport after a wonderful vacation. The last day of a trip is always bittersweet: sadness …

2017-06-28: Still, Sintra is as beautiful as you imagine: a real-life fairytale world. 🇵🇹

2017-06-28: I rarely enjoy driving at home, on roads that I know and in a car that I own, so it was no surprise …

2017-06-26: I wrote a short musing on São Bento station and my love of beautiful, art-filled train stations.

2017-06-26: Reading: “In an age of increasing privatization, there’s a case to be made for putting effort into …

2017-06-25: In the midst of snorkeling, admiring seahorses all around us, we realized that the anchor had …

2017-06-23: We are in a small, sleepy fishing village, just outside a small, less-sleepy town in the Algarve. …

2017-06-21: A glass of sangria and a piece of pie and the sound of fadistas singing the melancholic songs of …

2017-06-21: Still keep coming back to this majestic piece of street art. 🇵🇹

2017-06-20: Today, we sat where the river meets the ocean, where the fishing boats come in to drop off the …

2017-06-19: A day spent exploring historic architecture, tasting port, eating excellent meals, and enjoying the …

2017-06-19: The city is quiet at sunrise; not a single car passes me as I stroll along the cobblestone streets. …

2017-06-18: Even after a delectable dinner at Belcanto last night (the inventiveness blew me away) we could not …

2017-06-17: Checked into the hotel—one of the nicest we’ve ever stayed at—and immediately went for lunch …

2017-06-16: At the airport, waiting for our flight to start boarding. Late nights at the airport are …

2017-06-15: Reading: “To be alone, after all, is to admit to that rare quality: a contentment with one’s self.”

2017-06-15: Leigh Ann Lunsford: “My grandmother once told me, ‘Relationships are work, honey, and they aren’t …

2017-06-14: Reading: “The priorities are not to make cities smart, or even wise. The first priority has to be …

2017-06-14: I never thought I’d enjoy living in the suburbs, but one of the biggest perks of living so …

2017-06-13: Reading: “In the current era of sports, the best players achieved superstardom in the same way as …

2017-06-13: Speaking of extraordinary meals, this afternoon we had a beef tongue pastrami reuben and a lobster …

2017-06-13: I’ve eaten many excellent, incredible, extraordinary meals, but there have been very few meals …

2017-06-10: Reading: “The Internet has centralized into a very few hands. We have an extremely lucrative …

2017-06-04: New resolution: spend more time around flowers.

2017-06-04: I loved Wonder Woman for many reasons, but what really resonated with me was to see a character that …

2017-06-03: Wonder Woman was just as delightful, if not more so, as everyone was saying.

2017-06-01: My love gets discharged from the hospital tomorrow. This has been a long, tiring, …

2017-05-30: My kingdom for a podcast app that has the triage/interface features of Castro but the audio playback …

2017-05-28: The part of a hospital that is easiest to forget once you’ve left is all the beeping. When you’re in …

2017-05-14: Reading: “For all its magnificent intricacy and beauty, the show he produced is a work of creative …

2017-05-09: Even in a city as big as Toronto, in an airport as busy as YYZ, you’re bound to run into …

2017-05-06: After the month of April I had, I decided to engage in some retail therapy to unwind and put it all …

2017-05-06: Reading: “This is the work of writing and editing for social change. Every word matters, and yet …

2017-05-04: Still can’t fathom how someone could willingly take away access to healthcare from anyone — if …

2017-05-03: If you take the VIA Rail train to Toronto in the morning, you undoubtedly end up ordering the …

2017-05-01: Reading: “To be on is to be alive, energetic, aflame, to display one’s best self. Similarly, …

2017-04-29: Something new, something strange, something exciting, something confusing. Something to try, …