Movember 2019

The Movember foundation focuses on awareness in three area: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mens’ mental health (which includes suicide prevention).

For eleven years I have been raising money for Movember, and for every year there are more personal examples of why it is an important charity. Each year that has passed has had more men that I know diagnosed with prostate cancer – some are friends and some are friends or relatives of friends. I have also witnessed the anguish of those who are forces to struggle with mental health issues – and, unfortunately, I also know people who have had to bear the brunt of suicide in their families.

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We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness, Yet

This year has been an interesting one. It has been 365 days complete with highs and lows (not a strange thing for anyone), new experiences and personal growth. So what has been learned? Continue reading

ArMOgeddon 2018



Movember 2018 has come and gone, and this year you all helped me raise over $6K! That’s a pretty incredible achievement, and you should all know that I am very thankful for your help! Continue reading

Worth the Itchiness

Another Movember has come and gone, and our Movember team has raised far more than our goal! I wanted to extend huge thanks to all of our supporters – we couldn’t have done this without you. The funds raised for Movember go towards a number of great causes, including prostate and testicular cancer research and awareness, and also to men’s mental health initiatives.

Thanks, too, to the Movember foundation for running a tight ship (and for the neat harmonica)! See you next year!

It’s not too late to donate. For you last-minute folks: here you go.

Dream Big

If your kids are asking to see a movie and you have grown tired of recycled plots and cookie-cutter animation, you might want to take your kids to the Ontario Science Centre to check out Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Directed by Greg MacGillivray and narrated by Jeff Bridges, this IMAX film addresses the important contributions of engineers, and is the first large-format movie to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Continue reading

Music With Wings

Ever since I was a wee lad, soundtracks have held a special place in my heart. I love them so much that there are even some films that I know entirely by their scores. Videogame soundtracks are no exception, and there are a number of great composers that I admire (Sarah Schachner, Jesper Kid, and Jeremy Soule, to name a few).

Sometimes, these videogme soundtracks receive the royal treatment of being played live by an orchestra, which is a treat for fans. One of my favourite‎ pieces of music, namely the title track from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, was performed on stage by the Swedish choir Orphei Drängar and Grammy winner Myrra Malmberg (performing Skyrim’s Dragonborn). This recent event was put on for the release of The Greatest Video Game Music: Choral Edition,”.

Click on the above link to check it out if you haven’t done so already. Click here for the iTunes link.

Got Me On My Knees

End of an Era

Earlier this evening we bid a tearful farewell to our remaining cat, Laila. My brain is in limbo at the moment, because it was not an easy decision (it never really is, though) – and there was greater emotional weight with the added presence of the rest of the family at the end of her time. If you’re looking for some history, I would recommend that you read about the origin of our felines here.

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