February 22, 2021

I’m now a licensed Master Electrician!

This was my major professional goal for 2020, and the license finally arrived in the mail last week. I can’t actually do electrician tool work because I don’t have a 309A from the Ontario College of Trades. It is a nice thing to add to my resume and LinkedIn profile. And I am much better versed now in Electrical Code and lots of legislation and regulations. But the biggest reason I pursued this credential was to assure myself that I could still think enough to do my job, even with the brain damage I suffered during my 2019 illness.  It’s[…continue reading]



February 5, 2021

The Bonus Round

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This is a pretty heavy post, dealing with life, death, and time. Consider yourself warned. It’s been two years since I died, briefly.  I don’t know how many people have been in a situation where they had no pulse and needed CPR. Fortunately, I don’t remember it. Unfortunately, my wife does and was there through it all. She remembers when I had no pulse. She remembers that my skin turned a sickly gray colour. That ailment, its side-effects, and the consequences of treatment still dominate my life today.  But, I am very, very grateful to be alive. I value every[…continue reading]



February 1, 2021

Nikujaga Recipe

I stumbled upon the inspiration for this recipe quite serendipitously. For some reason, we had purchased a bag of shirataki noodles. I found it in the fridge and wondered what to cook with it.  I noticed a recipe on the back for something called Nikujaga. Apparently it’s a japanese stew typically consisting of sliced beef, potatoes, onions, and shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are pretty awesome. Similar to ramen noodles, but made of yam, so they’re gluten-free and way less calories.  I have since cooked nikujaga over 100 times. It’s become a regular breakfast on weekends in our household. I have[…continue reading]