About Me

I sometimes joke that I’m finding my true calling in life by process of elimination. I’ve worn many hats, including digital archivist, photojournalist, communications consultant, social media consultant, video game designer, QA test automator and software developer. Typically I’ve lost interest very quickly, but I stayed with FreshBooks for over 3 years.

As of September 2014 I’m a grad student again, studying anthropology at the University of Toronto with a focus on mobile & wearable technology, online gaming & virtual worlds, quantified self and virtual self. I probably could have done a cognitive science degree with my research interests, but I’m a strong believer in the value of anthropology’s use of ethnography and qualitative, participatory research as a way to augment my data nerd predilections.

I like to work out, especially running in High Park. I want to love yoga the way I used to, but so far no luck. I’m a fledgling Zen practitioner, with woefully poor discipline but I’m trying to improve.

About This Blog

Way back in the early 2000s I was an enthusiastic and prolific blogger, but by grad school I didn’t have time and never did pick up the habit again after graduation. As I head back to grad school again I’m inspired by the fantastic blogging of Sacha Chua to try again.

Since I don’t consider myself a domain expert on anything I’ll instead be focusing on things I’m learning as I learn them. That includes my academic return to anthropology, quantified self, online gaming and the virtualization of self, mobile/wearables and the extended mind, productivity/organization, fitness and my obsession with my Midori traveler’s notebook.

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