Month: August 2016

Ad Blocking

Why I’ve Started Using an Ad Blocker (and why you should too)

I want to start this post out by saying how hard this decision was for me, and how much I hated doing it.

For the better part of a decade I worked for a large Canadian media company. In my division, all of our revenue was generated by Advertising, so ad dollars paid my salary.  I have watched as ads went from a scarce commodity to something so common place that they are worth literally pennies.

I understand how hard it is to build an online business, and how integral advertising is to online business.

In the last year however, ads have become so incredibly horrible that I had to start using an ad blocker. I installed it on Friday August 19th.

Why?  What prompted me to do such a thing? Continue Reading

NorthIQ Business Solutions

One Year Later – What am I Doing?

A year ago I walked out of the Info-Tech Research Group for the last time as an employee, and walked into my new career as a small business owner.  It’s been an incredible year, and I’m doing things now I couldn’t have imagined a year ago.

So what have I done in the last year?

I created a business! YAY ME! NorthIQ is a sole proprietorship in Ontario.  I use Xero for my accounting needs, and I’m accepting payments using Stripe. Continue Reading

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Not Quite the Mis-Step Others Would Have You Believe

Don’t believe the negative press, it’s a good fun ride with strong performances, awesome characters and great moments for each character.  Liam and I talked at length about the movie on Sequential Fiction Episode 38 – Suicide Squad.

There are amazing cameos, and a brilliant mid-credits coda that ties into Justice League out next year.

There were tons of scenes from the trailer that we didn’t see in the movie. From little things like a half burned Joker firing a gun to major set pieces like Harley tending bar that looked like a good character development piece. All of these little “flavour” pieces would have given the film a longer run-time, so I understand them being cut, but the bar scene in particular felt like it needed the bar tending scene to set the stage. Continue Reading

Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip

Thank You Gord Downie for Reminding Me What Being Canadian Means

Something has happened in this last year, it might be because we saw the depths of idiocy with Rob Ford acting like a laughing stock, or it may be that we looked into the eyes of Stephen Harper and found him lacking. It might be because we elected a fourty-something former school teacher with model good looks as our national leader, but despite how horrible the rest of the world seems to be getting, Canada has been a haven for feel good stories.

We’ve brought in more Syrian refugees than we had originally planned. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at my kids school for some field trips, and I am amazed by these kids who’s lives were totally upended, but who are embracing their new lives in a new country where they don’t even understand the language.

On Saturday when 11 million Canadians came together to celebrate the Tragically Hip, it was a particular show of unity, and something that made me so incredibly proud to be Canadian.
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Batfleck and Zack Snyder

What’s Wrong With Zack Snyder Anyway?

My favourite film directors, in no particular order, are Terry Gilliam, James Cameron, Michael Bay, Danny Boyle, John Woo, Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott.

Zack Snyder is one of those directors I should love, he creates big, bold movies that are audacious, and which others have said are unfilmable. He has a style which is undeniable, and the trailers for his films are second to none. Continue Reading