i grew up on a hobby farm just outside a town of 4000 people, Petrolia Ontario.
in highschool i was a defensive & offensive tackle on the football team, but i was also on the chess team, and won awards in art, machine shop, and accounting.
i have a double-major bachelor of science in psychology and computers from Trent University, and a post-grad cert in internet management from Humber College.
my mother’s father was a gangster, and my father’s father protected the Queen.
i have hiked in the rockies and the andes, been to macchu picchu, stonehenge & the vatican, slept in a hand-made bed on a tiny island on lake titicaca, grew up in a haunted house, and watched nearby UFOs on military-grade night vision in the high desert of colorado.
i’ve been to anarchist parties in squats in croatia, and had coffee cooked in a tank shell made by a turkish man in the house his family had lived in for the past 800 years, in sarajevo.
i’ve been escorted off a train in the middle of macedonia by guards with machine guns.
i’ve been chased through the streets of Paris by a large bouncer, demanding 1200 euro for spending time in an exclusive club that i didn’t realize you had to pay to be in.
i’ve gone cliff diving twice (broken wrist), white water rafting twice (lost glasses), skydiving once (threw out my back), and bunjee jumping twice (fixed my back).
i accidentally walked across part of an unmarked minefield in bosnia and lived to tell the story.
i learned boxing from olympic medalist egerton marcus.
in separate incidents, i’ve broken most of my fingers, my left wrist, both ankles, shattered my right knee, broke both bones in my right leg twice (not doing anything dangerous), been hit by a car in front of a funeral home, and dislocated my shoulder when run over by a horse while i was on a bicycle, and smashed my face on a rock while kneeboarding.
i discussed why i pirate audio & video (convenience) with the head of the canadian riaa (cria) on live television, and met with EMI music to discuss how to fix it.
i’ve rented fridges to students.
i’ve painted over a hundred houses, and over 700 near identical dorm rooms.
i’ve done lighting & sound for over 400 concerts & theatrical performances by Mr Dressup & Polka Dot Door, Kideo, Sharon Lois & Bram, Ronnie Hawkins, George Strait, Rita McNeil, and many more.
i used to write for shift magazine, and have been on the cover of the circuits section of the new york times in a story by pulitzer prize winning writer Amy Harmon, and have been a guest on Bravo TV’s Richler’s Ink, the Discovery Channel’s The Daily Planet, and CityTV’s The ChatRoom.
I taught web stuff at Humber College for a few years, and was a founding member of the TakingITGlobal.org, and an early developer at Achievers.com (formerly ILoveRewards.com).
i was even forced to work side-by-side with a certain grumpy programmer for a couple of years at a very profitable dating site.
i’m very interested in paranormal stuff, spirituality, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, & hidden-knowledge, but by day, i do php/mysql web development.
I’ve been online since 1994 (originally via MoasicInABox), and blogging since 1999.
I live in London, Ontario, with my wife, Ula.