Middle-aged partner, father into road cycling, producing websites, wilderness canoeing and changing the world

I've been blogging here since 2003. Thus far the blog has covered death in the family, selling the farm, birth of a child, changing jobs, surviving the Harper era, and of course lots and lots of kilometres paddled, skiied and cycled. Sometimes I review things I acquire, and services I use. I share things I've learned about web applications, and real-life projects I've undertaken. I write web content and produce websites for a living.

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N-word Rapids - get racism off the map

I was plan­ning a bike ride on my favourite route plan­ning app when I came across a rather shock­ing site. There is a place marked on Google Maps — don’t think it even has a pop­u­la­tion count — south of Mani­waki Québec called N--ger Rapids. (Sorry about the dashes. I'm not afraid to han­dle the word, if only to put it in the trash, but I also don't want to pass…

I don't think we knew they were called 'selfies' then.

I hope I am up for this challenge

About 12 years ago, just a few years after I had dis­cov­ered how much I liked rid­ing bikes, I decided to ride the Chal­lenge route of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. At the time I wanted to test my lim­its. After limp­ing back to Ottawa, cling­ing to the wheel of a kind, stronger rider I decided I'd never do it again. I'm rid­ing it on Sat­ur­day. I re-read…